The economic impact of the Saint Louis Zoo is a measure of the amount of and the way that dollars associated with the Zoo circulate through the region. There are three levels of impact the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association considers when they develop these figures: the direct impact, the indirect business impact, and tourism and visitor spending impact. All three of these an be expressed in terms of annual flow of dollars or annual full-time jobs.

2016 Economic Impact 

Full-time Employees: 335

Part-time Employees: 190

Seasonal Employees: 700

Capital Improvement Jobs Created: 99

Tourism Spending Jobs Created: 572

Operating Expenses/Payroll: $66.6 million

Capital Improvements: $7.7 million

Economic Impact from Tourism Spending: $41.1 million

Total 2016 Economic Impact: $203.1 million