Note: These programs are for ages 18 and up, unless otherwise specified.

  • Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • Wait lists are first come, first serve. Click here to confirm your spot on the wait list.
  • A Sunset View - Past and Future

    Enjoy a cool evening tour of the Zoo exploring the history that has made us an internationally famous institution.  We’ll also visit several exhibits and discuss the future transformations that will keep us the talk of the zoological world!  Finish with snacks and beverages while watching the sunset.

    Limited to 25 participants per session
    Instructors: Zoo Interpreters
    Fee:  Zoo Members $26/General Public $29

    N0624SV June 24 M 7:30-9 p.m.



    Safari Programs for Adults

    These after-hours programs allow a more intimate chance to meet both the animals and the curatorial staff who care for them.  For participants ages 18 and up.  Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Primate Safari

    Come visit the Zoo's primate collection.  We will have a “swinging” good time at the Primate House as we learn about the ever-changing social dynamics and behavior of primates as well as the Zoo's conservation efforts.  Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Limited to 20 participants
    Instructor: Primate Keeper
    Fee: Zoo Members $34/General Public $38

    A0604PS June 4 Tu 6:20-8 p.m.  

    River’s Edge Safari

    Join the keepers on safari and visit some of the residents of River’s Edge.  We will see anteaters, bush dogs, capybara, hyena and the cheetahs.  Learn what it takes to be a keeper and care for these charismatic creatures.  Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Limited to 20 participants
    Instructor: River’s Edge/Carnivore Keeper
    Fee: Zoo Members $34/General Public $38

    A0610RE June 10 M 6:20-8 p.m.  

    Carnivore Safari

    Come and explore the Zoo after hours as we visit Grizzly Ridge, Polar Bear Point, Sea Lion Sound and Big Cat Country. On this informative tour, you will learn how nature rules with fangs and claws. Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Limited to 20 participants
    Instructors: Animal Division Management Staff-Carnivores
    Fee: Zoo Members $34/General Public $38

    A0625CS June 25 Tu 6:20-8 p.m.  

    Herp Safari

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes evening tour of the Herpetarium. See how the exhibits and animal collection have changed as larger exhibits have allowed us to re-create habitats with mixed species. Insights about ongoing research and new projects will round out the tour.  Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Limited to 12 participants
    Instructors: Animal Division Management Staff-Reptiles/Aquatics
    Fee: Zoo Members $34/General Public $38

    A0709HS July 9 Tu 6:20-8 p.m.  

    Bird Safari

    The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 200 different kinds of birds. Join us for this personal tour of the Zoo’s beautiful collection of feathered friends. We will visit the residents at Penguin & Puffin Coast as well as the legendary flamingos.  Don’t forget to bring a jacket!  Program participants meet in The Living World.

    Limited to 20 participants
    Instructor: Animal Division Management Staff-Birds
    Fee: Zoo Members $34/General Public $38

    A0730BS July 30 Tu 6:20-8 p.m.  
  • Escape the Zoo

    To help the Zoo save animals from extinction, you must unlock the secrets of the Zoo through a team-building adventure!  Race against time and other teams to complete your mission by solving a series of puzzles and finding clues hidden along the pathways.  Use these clues to discover what the Zoo is all about!  Build your team of up to 10 individuals ages 18 and up.

    Fees are PER TEAM.
    Fee: Zoo Members $120/General Public $125

    A0603EZ June 3 M 6:30-8 p.m.  
    A0710EZ July 10 W 6:30-8 p.m.  
    A0813EZ Aug 13 Tu 6:30-8 p.m.  
  • These overnight programs are for adults ages 18 and up. The fees are per registered adult.  All participating adults must be registered.

    Summer overnights offer a unique opportunity for participants to sleep under the sea (lions). All overnights include a catered dinner, competitive scavenger hunt with prizes, guided night hike around Zoo grounds and continental breakfast.

    Adult Under the Sea-lion

    For adults ages 18 and up

    Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel!  You will talk with Zoo staff about how we take care of our animal collection and then team up to solve a scavenger hunt. After a night hike, we will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel.  You will awake under the sea and, hopefully, under a sea lion! 

    Limited to 14 participants per session
    Instructors: Zoo Educators
    Fee: Zoo Members $75/General Public $80

    N0927US Sep 27-28 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  

    Private Adult Overnight Programs

    Do you have an organized group of adults who would like to book their own overnight program?  These can be scheduled for private groups of adults (18 and over), with a minimum of 10 adults at $80 per participant.  Please contact the Overnight Staff at (314) 646-4614 or email for more information.

  • Sip and Splatter

    For adults ages 21 and up

    Join us for a relaxing evening of painting at the Saint Louis Zoo!  A Zoo animal will be your inspiration during this after-hours event. After meeting in the lower level of The Living World, you will stroll over to your painting location on Zoo grounds. There, a Zoo Educator will guide you through the painting process, with the result being a beautiful wildlife masterpiece for you to take home.  You are welcome to bring your own refreshments, including wine, beer and snacks.  Painting supplies and water will be provided.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking and dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors.   Wheelchair rentals are available for an additional fee through the Rentals Desk.  Please contact us ahead of time if you need to arrange to rent a wheelchair or other special accommodations for this program.

    Limited to 15 participants per session
    Instructors: Zoo Educators
    Fee: Zoo Members $35/General Public $39

    A Chitty Chum of Cheetahs

    A0603SS June 3 M 5:30-8 p.m.  
    A0717SS July 17 W 5:30-8 p.m.  


    A Fanciful Frolic with Flamingos

    A0605SS June 5 W 5:30-8 p.m.  
    A0715SS July 15 M 5:30-8 p.m.  


    A Magnificent Montage of Monarchs

    A0611SS June 11 Tu 5:30-8 p.m.  
    A0722SS July 22 M 5:30-8 p.m.  
  • Join us for a special 11th annual Pollinator Dinner focusing on the diverse foods that pollinators help to provide. Before dinner, pick up seeds and enjoy a honey tasting and a honeybee-pollinated beverage as you visit exhibitor displays about pollinators, food, agriculture, gardening and habitat restoration.  After dinner, sip mead and enjoy a presentation about the conservation efforts of the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation as well as other organizations across the country.  You’ll also learn what you can do to conserve pollinators and the habitats and foods that depend upon them as we celebrate National Pollinator Week.  A portion of the proceeds for this event supports the Center for Native Pollinator Conservation.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019; 6 - 9:30 p.m.

    Call (314) 646-4897 for registration information and pricing.

  • Join us on the dates below from 10 - 11 a.m. for a special tour designed for those with early memory loss and their families/caregivers. We will meet in The Living World building at the North Entrance of the Zoo.  Please gather in the lower rotunda to meet your guide.  There will be a short classroom welcome to begin with before exploring the Zoo.  This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes and gear for the weather, we’ll be doing these tours rain or shine.  We look forward to having you! – Registration is required, there is no cost.

    Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 – Welcome Back our Stingrays and Sharks
    Every year we get excited to welcome our seasonal family members at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. We’ll start our adventure in The Living World and then work our way over the cove where we will touch and explore the natural history of our fishy friends.  This is a unique experience that is fun for every age!

    Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 – Penguins and Puffins (Registration available April 25, 2019)
    Our marine birds may set a formal tone but they know how to have a good time.  On this tour we’ll start in The Living World to learn about some Penguin and Puffin natural history and then trek over to study their behavior and see what everyone is up to.  Dress for the weather. It’s a chilly 42 degrees Fahrenheit in the Penguin Puffin Coast.

    Register here

    Online registration is required.  For questions regarding registration, call the Education Department at (314) 646-4544, option 6. For program questions, please call the Manager of Docents and Interpreters at (314) 646-4548.