The Zoo is open! 
All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.

Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation

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. 

#BringTheStlZooToYou – April 6

April 06, 2021

Monkey Mania

#StlZooMonkeyMania concludes with our final matchup!

Our primate keepers selected eight monkey species to be featured in a friendly online voting competition, and we are down to the Finals! The champion will be featured on our social media and have the Primate House named after them for the day! The final matchup is between the Guereza colobus monkey and the golden lion tamarin!

Our final question is perfect for any sports-themed bracket – Which do you feel has the best defense or threat response?

When threatened, colobus click their tongue off the roof of their mouth to make a clacking noise intended to scare off predators.


Golden lion tamarins might look small, but when threatened they act mighty. If their stinky scent marking doesn't work, these tiny little monkeys will give a long stare, followed by a tail thrash and tongue-flick to warn everyone to leave them alone. They save their best display for last — they puff up their hair and strut around like a pro wrestler to tell other animals to back off.

Make your selection by choosing the photo of the monkey you think should be the top banana!


#BringTheStlZooToYou – April 5

April 05, 2021

Sensory Inclusion

The Saint Louis Zoo recently earned Sensory Inclusive certification through a partnership with KultureCity, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides sensory inclusion training and tools to venues and large-scale events.

Zoo guests will see new KultureCity signage throughout the Zoo indicating areas where there may be sensory challenges, such as noise, temperature, smells or sounds, as well as quiet spaces for relaxing.

As part of the certification process, Zoo team members receive ongoing training on how to recognize and assist guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.

For more information visit.

#BringTheStlZooToYou – April 2

April 02, 2021

Species Spotlight

This week’s Species Spotlight: Nile hippopotamus

Animal Name: Mashavu 

Scientific Name: Hippopotamus amphibius

Geographical Range: Sub-Saharan Africa

Habitat: Rivers and lakes with surrounding grasslands

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Home at the Zoo: River’s Edge

Fun Fact: Hippopotamus means "river horse" in Greek, but the animal is more closely related to the pig than the horse.

Photo: Robin Winkelman #StlZooSpeciesSpotlight