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Please Note: The Buddy System does not apply to the Zoo Career Programs.

Due to the popularity of these programs, please list as many program choices as possible, if using the mail-in registration form.  Include a separate sheet if necessary.  Participants will be registered for only one date.

  • For students entering grades 3rd - 9th

    Have you ever wanted to be a zookeeper? Do you have a passion for animals? If so, join a Children's Zoo keeper for a day of zoo-keeping! You will work side by side with a keeper and learn to care for a variety of animals. You will prepare diets in the Children’s Zoo kitchen and help our keepers feed some of the animals. You will learn to handle a small mammal, bird or reptile and then present the animal to Children's Zoo visitors, describing that animal’s natural history and sharing some fun facts.  You will join the keepers for staff meeting, break time and lunch. Please wear a T-shirt, khaki or jean shorts/pants and old shoes - you will get dirty! Bring a bottle of water and a camera, if you like. A Saint Louis Zoo name tag, snack and lunch will be provided.

    Offered Saturdays and Sundays only:
    September 8 - February 24
    March 2 - May 19
    (except March 17)
    8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Limited to two participants per day
    Fee: Zoo Members $145/General Public $155

    Offered daily:
    December 21, 27, 28
    January 18, 21
    February 15, 18
    March 18 - 22
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Limited to four participants per day
    Fee: Zoo Members $155/General Public $165


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