Through September 5, 2016

Friday-Sunday & Holidays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.*
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  •  Labor Day, September 5 — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the Saint Louis Zoo offers your family even more flexibility with our expanded weekend hours. See Your Visit for daily schedules, attractions, prices, directions and more.

Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series
presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers

Through September 2 
5-8 p.m. Free.

"Splish splash" with the stingrays, "cha-cha" with the cheetahs, "salsa" with the sea lions or "two-step" with the tigers at Jungle Boogie, the Zoo's free Friday night concert series for the whole family. See concert schedule. There is no concert on June 17 because of A Zoo Ado, the Zoo's major fundraiser.

New at the Zoo

Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is back for a season-long pool party! 

Polar Bear Point brings visitors nose-to-nose with Kali a swimming polar bear in the 40,000-square-foot exhibit.

Visit Yindi and Jannali at the new Tasmanian Devil Den in the Children's Zoo. This is the first time in 30 years that the Saint Louis Zoo has cared for this species.

Free Hour (8-9 a.m.)

The Children's Zoo, Conservation Carousel and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are free from 8-9 a.m. each day during summer. Admission charges apply after 9 a.m.

Summer Showtime

Sea Lion Show

The Sea Lion Show at the Sea Lion Sound is oceans of fun for the whole family! The 2016 show will have our sea lion superstars thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing and lots of splashing! Timed tickets are $4 per person; children under age 2 are free. Shows at the Sea Lion Arena are at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. daily in summer, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Children's Zoo Live Animal Shows

Live animal shows include a variety of exotic and domestic animals showcasing natural behaviors on stage at the Children's Zoo. Shows are at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. daily starting May 28, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Keeper chats with live animals on stage at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 3 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Admission to the Children's Zoo is $4 per person with free admission the first hour the Zoo is open; children under 2 are free.

Keeper Chats

Daily, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday: Polar bear (10:30), Insectarium (2:30)
  • Monday: Children's Zoo (10:30), Giraffes (2:30)
  • Tuesday: Animal Nutrition Center (10:30), Big Cat Country (2:30)
  • Wednesday: Herpetarium (10:30), Gorillas (2:30)
  • Thursday: Children's Zoo (10:30), Primate House (2:30)
  • Friday: Bird House (10:30), Fragile Forest (2:30)
  • Saturday: Cheetahs (10:30), Elephants (2:30)

Animal Enrichment & Training

Saturdays 5 - 5:30 p.m.

May 28  Andean Bears in River's Edge
June 4  Fennec Fox in the Children's Zoo
June 11  Black-handed spider monkeys in the Primate House
June 18  Banteng in Red Rocks
June 25  Ducks, ibis, egrets, herons in Cypress swamp
July 2   TBD
July 9  Giant Tortoises in the Herpetarium
July 16  Chimpanzees in Fragile Forest (weather dependent)
July 23  North American River Otter  in the Children's Zoo
July 30  Babirusa in the Antelope House
August 6  Giant Tortoises in the Herpetarium
August 13  Allen's swamp monkeys in the Primate House
August 20 Western Lowland Gorilla in Fragile Forest (weather dependent)
August 27  Polar Bear in Polar Bear Point
September 3 King/Gentoo Penguins in Penguin Puffin Coast

Sundays 5 - 5:30 p.m.

May 29  Various lemurs in the outdoor lemur habitats
June 5   Grevy's zebra in Red Rocks
June 12  TBD                      
June 19  TBD  
June 26   Various lemurs in the outdoor lemur habitats
July 3  TBD                          
July 10   Orangutans in the Fragile Forest (weather dependent)
July 17   Elephants in River’s Edge
July 24   Birds inside main entrance of the Bird House
July 31   Elephants in River’s Edge
August 7   Giraffe in Red Rocks
August 14   Andean Bears in River’s Edge
August 21   Orangutans in Fragile Forest (weather dependent)
August 28   Hyenas in River’s Edge
September 4   Birds inside main entrance of the Bird House

Safari Tours

Stop by a Welcome Desk and ask about our Safari Tours! For $5 per person (children under 2 are free), take a 30-minute walking tour with one of our knowledgeable interpreters. Tour choices are Extreme Zoo Safari, River's Edge Safari and African Safari.

Visitor Tip

All animal buildings are open beginning the first hour of operation (8-9 a.m. in summer; 9-10 a.m. in off-season). Our keepers work very hard to have animals in outdoor displays by 9 a.m. You may occasionally see keepers working in an animal habitat. This is a great opportunity to ask our keepers about their work and the animals in their care!

Some of the animals are more active in the cooler hours of early morning and early evening. Occasionally, some animals may need to turn in early.

In addition, the current schedule for divers cleaning the Sea Lion Sound pools is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. That schedule is subject to change. The exhibit is still open when divers are in the pools, and visitors are welcome to go through the tunnel. Visitors may or may not see sea lions at these times.


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