Calling all animal and conservation fans 21 and older for our virtual conservation happy hour series!

We hope you will join us to learn about the research and conservation that your Zoo is doing in Missouri and beyond.

Learn more about the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute 

Previous Happy Hours 

Center for Conservation in Peru 

Learn all about Humboldt Penguin Conservation with Zoo staff who have worked in Peru. 

It’s important to do a penguin census, but what is it like being on a boat and using binoculars at the same time?  Why is guano so important to people and penguins? How do you harvest it sustainably? You will learn all that and more as we chat about one of the original WildCare Institute centers, created in 2004.

The goal of the Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru, is to secure the future of the threatened Humboldt penguin in Punta San Juan-home to almost half the entire Peruvian breeding population.

With Emily Bowling, Amanda Burr, Sydney Oliveira, Clinton Skaggs, and Mel Miller

Center for Conservation in Madagascar 

Learn about Zoo conservation work in Madagascar.   

Often, working to conserve wildlife actually means working to better the lives of the people who live with them. One of the many challenges that the human population near Betampona in Madagascar face is food security. Villagers are often forced to hunt for wild animals in forested habitats to meet their protein and nutritional requirements.  

Two years ago, the Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group was awarded an IUCN-SOS grant to assess whether vaccinating chickens against Newcastle disease, a deadly chicken disease, will increase chicken production and, if so, reduce pressure on Betampona’s lemur populations.   

Join Dr. Fidy Rasambainarivo, a Saint Louis Zoo affiliate scientist, who will present the results of this ongoing investigation and discuss wildlife conservation in Madagascar through village poultry health management.    

Dr. Fidy Rasambainarivo, Dr. Lisa Kelley, and Mike Poletti as moderator.

Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation

Their life history is like something from some twisted graphic novel.  Under the cover of night, a couple secrets away a dead body in an underground chamber.  Then, after a weird courtship ritual that involves embalming the body, they wait patiently to feed the flesh to their offspring.  But that is pretty much what American burying beetles do.  

Grab a STL Zoo Bier Kölsch Ale and come learn about how conservationists at the Zoo have been working to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. 

American burying beetles used to be found in 35 states (including Missouri) east of the Rocky Mountains.  Now they are found in just six. Several Zoos across North America are working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and other local partners to return this beetle to its former range.  Join Center Director Bob Merz, Zoological Manager of Invertebrates Kayla Garcia and Invertebrate Keeper Renée Hazen to learn more about their work to raise these large carrion beetles and return them to Missouri. 


Center for Chelonian Conservation

Enjoy a STL Zoo Bier Kölsch Ale or a drink of choice with members of the Saint Louis Zoo's Institute for Conservation Medicine as they discuss Turtle Conservation. They will share their stories from the field while researching and helping conserve tortoises in the Galapagos and Madagascar as well as our local aquatic turtles.  

STL Zoo Bier Kölsch Ale

Available at the Zoo and area retail stores while supplies last!

The Saint Louis Zoo has teamed up with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company to create STL Zoo Bier Kölsch, the official beer of the Saint Louis Zoo. For every case sold at area retailers, Urban Chestnut will donate $3 to the Zoo to support animal care and conservation work.*

The seasonal release for 2020 features a new label with the king penguin.

STL Zoo Bier