The Zoo is open!
All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.
When you are ready to visit, we're more than ready for you! Until then we are happy to continue to #BringTheStlZooToYou for you stay connected to your Zoo.
April 09, 2021
One Health Fair
The Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine will hold their eighth annual One Health Fair virtually on April 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. The Fair is hosted in collaboration with University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information and to register, visit stlzoo.org/onehealthfair
April 08, 2021
Monkey Mania Winner — Golden Lion Tamarin
#StlZooMonkeyMania has come to an end, and you chose a champion — the golden lion tamarin! The Primate House will be temporarily renamed "Golden Lion Tamarin Primate House" in their honor, and the tamarins will celebrate with special attention.
These tiny monkeys – they weigh about as much as a couple of cans of soda – are a big success story, thanks to Saint Louis Zoo and others.
There were only about 200 left in Brazil just 50 years ago! Zoos began breeding and reintroduction efforts, which helped pull them back from the brink of extinction.
And the Saint Louis Zoo is part of a Species Survival Program that makes sure a healthy population of golden lion tamarins remains, safe and sound.
But our work isn't done. They're still endangered, with just 2% of their forest left. So few remain in the wild that they wouldn't even fill the seats for a basketball game at the Washington University Field House.
We'll keep protecting them, but you can help, too, even if you don't live in the forests of Brazil:
- Reduce, re-use, recycle — in that order.
- Use Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood and paper products.
- Use rainforest-friendly coffee, such as Rainforest Alliance Certified.
April 08, 2021
This week’s Species Spotlight: Soemmerring's Gazelle
Animal Name: Nemo
Scientific Name: Nanger soemmerringii
Geographical Range: Northeastern Africa
Habitat: Semi-arid grasslands and open scrublands
Conservation Status: Vulnerable. The reasons for their decline include overhunting and habitat destruction from overgrazing of livestock.
Home at the Zoo: Red Rocks
Fun Fact: The rub marks on males' horns result from their habit of scraping their horns on the ground, which they do to show dominance over other males.
Photo: JoEllen Toler #StlZooSpeciesSpotlight
The Stingrays and Sharks are back!
Tomorrow is opening day for Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health. We like to consider it the unofficial start to summer! Come put your hands in the water where you have the opportunity to touch these unique stingrays and sharks. Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is open daily April 9 through October 3.
More info: stlzoo.org/stingrays