You don't have to be a kid to enjoy the Zoo -- you don't even have to come to the Zoo at all (although of course we love to have you here). If you can't visit us, then we can come to you!

The Saint Louis Zoo delivers adult outreach programs to libraries, senior centers, and various other community groups. Each program offers educational content and various objects from the animal world.


Animal Behavior

Have you ever wondered why animals do certain things? Is animal behavior important in a zoo? In this program, we will discover why and how scientists study animal behavior as it relates to reproduction at the Saint Louis Zoo. Information from mating and mate selection studies about cheetahs, Somali wild asses, and hellbenders is included.

Animal Communication

Have you ever heard a lemur love song?  Has a rabbit ever told you that he’s ‘not listening?’ Videos and biofacts will tell the story of how researchers believe animals communicate.

Animal Enrichment 

Using the science of animal enrichment, keepers create zoo environments that provide a stimulating life for our animals, with opportunities to engage in natural behavior, be more active, and have more control over their environment. Enrichment helps satisfy both the physical and psychological needs of animals and allows them to make choices.

Baby Animals

One of the most exciting things at a zoo is when babies are born! In this program, we’ll look at pictures, watch videos, and hear stories of our newest residents. We’ll also learn how animals and their keepers care for the babies at the Zoo.

Meet Me in St. Louis

The 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park put St. Louis on the map. Discover interesting facts about the Fair and the animals that were brought there. We'll also discuss how Forest Park has changed over the past 100 years. Learn about the animals that you could currently find hiding out in the Park.

Memory Care Programs

In our memory care programs we understand the need for our seniors to have familiar sights, tactile experiences and an understanding educator eager to connect with them. 

In this series we will visit memories of the Saint Louis Zoo, explore its history and learn how we care for the animals today. These programs include visual and tactile experiences to enrich the lives of our beloved seniors.

Programs in this series can be booked as an individual program or by the whole series. 

History of the Saint Louis Zoo - Memory Care Series:

  • History of Bears and Carnivores at the Saint Louis Zoo
  • History of Penguins and Other Birds at the Saint Louis Zoo
  • History of Elephants and other Large Animals at the Saint Louis Zoo
  • History of Primates at the Saint Louis Zoo

 

Information, Pricing and Scheduling

Each adult outreach program lasts 45 minutes. We can provide a one-time program for you. Or many of our current clients have us deliver programs on a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly basis.

Please see Outreach Programs for information on pricing, requesting a program and frequently asked questions.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (314) 646-4544, option #6, or e-mail outreachrequests@stlzoo.org.