FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 12, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Billy Brennan, 314/646-4633, Brennan@stlzoo.org
Christy Childs, 314/646-4639, Childs@stlzoo.org
Mike De Pope, 314/646-4703, DePope@stlzoo.org

Saint Louis Zoo Valentine Adoption

Some people just make your heart swell! Show them how cool you think they are by sending them a Saint Louis Zoo Valentine's Day adoption package featuring the horned puffin, a fun-loving seabird.

The valentine adoption package includes a horned puffin plush toy (while supplies last) and valentine card from you, personalized adoption certificate, color photo with animal facts, car decal, name on the Zoo Parents Donor Wall and Zoo website for one year, and an invitation to the Zoo Parents Picnic.

For $50, which includes shipping and handling, the Zoo will deliver the adoption package to anyone in the contiguous United States. Proceeds from this adoption support the care and feeding of the Zoo's animals.

To adopt the horned puffin, order online at stlzoo.org/valentineadoption; call (314) 646-4771 (option 2) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; or stop by a Welcome Desk (reservations required) at the north or south entrance of the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Save $10 when you purchase your adoption package onsite at the Zoo and take it home with you that day. (Discount not available on shipped orders.)

Online and phone orders must be made by Jan. 31 to ensure Feb. 14 delivery. On-site pick-up purchases are available at the Zoo through Feb. 14 (while supplies last).

All Zoo guests must reserve free, timed tickets online prior to visiting, including shopping at gift shops and Welcome Desks. For everyone's safety, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures. Guests ages 9+ are required to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting. The Zoo accepts only cashless transactions. See stlzoo.org/zooreservations for up-to-date details prior to your visit.

About Puffins
Penguin & Puffin Coast is home to the Zoo's horned puffins and tufted puffins. Puffins are small black-and-white seabirds skilled in diving and swimming. They are known as "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea" and are a common species native to the open ocean and rocky shorelines of the Northwestern U.S. and Canada to Russia. The horned puffin gets its name from the hornlike "knobs" above its eyes. The tufted puffin sports bright yellow tufts of feathers on the top of its head. These unique traits, along with other feather and beak coloration changes, act as mating signals during breeding season. Puffins will usually pair with a mate for life.

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