The Zoo is NOW OPEN. Reservations are required to visit. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation. 

Attention Groups

We can provide interactive educational programs with a Zoo educator via Zoom.  Visit Distance Learning  for information about program titles and descriptions, program fees, and to access a program request form.  All program must be booked four weeks in advance.  NOTE: At this time, we cannot guarantee that live animals will be part of any program.

Distance Learning

Virtual Learning

Please visit our virtual conservation learning page for digital resources and virtual programs.

Conservation Learning


weekly STLZOOMs for school audiences (the ideal grade range will vary from week to week). Each presentation will last 20 to 30 minutes and are free. Registration is required. 


Saint Louis Zoo Education

The Saint Louis Zoo's educational services are an integral part of the institution's commitment to conservation. Since the 1960s, the Zoo has offered engaging programs, exhibits and materials that educate our community about wildlife, help visitors feel more connected to animals, and motivate them to take action to preserve the natural world.

Zoo visitors will find opportunities to learn in every corner of the campus, from educational signs and interactives to encounters with theatrical interpreters. And of course, just watching our animals is an educational experience unto itself.

Attention Teachers and Group Leaders!

The Zoo is OPEN. As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.  All guests are required to make a free-timed reservation to visit.  Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation. Here you will get detailed information about reservations, safety requirements, what areas and attractions are open, food options and more.  Please note: the school/group registration form is no longer required at this time. 

Respect the Animals

We want your Zoo visit to be a valuable learning experience for your students. One thing we hope visitors learn is respect for our Zoo animals, and for all wildlife. When you're on Zoo grounds, please help us keep our animals safe and our grounds beautiful. Do not allow students to throw food or other items into the animal exhibits, or try to touch the animals. Please respect our flowers and plants by not picking or collecting them. While touring the grounds, be mindful and courteous of other visitors around you. Thanks for your cooperation.

Animal Information Hotline

There's one fun service of the Education Department that you can access from home: our Animal Information Hotline.

Do you have a question about an animal? Are you doing research on an animal species for school? Want to know what type of snake you saw in your yard? How to control animal pests? Check out our frequently asked questions and Homework Helper pages for more information.

Whatever your animal question, you can call the Saint Louis Zoo’s Animal Information Hotline for personalized answers: (314) 646-4549. We take calls Monday through Friday. If we don't answer, leave a message and we’ll get back to you soon!

On Becoming a Zookeeper

If you're seriously interested in knowing what it takes to be a zookeeper, it's never too early to start preparing. Visit So You Want to be a Zookeeper? to find out how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, and other wildlife organizations.