All land sharks are invited to join in the fun!

July 14-20, 2019


Come to the Zoo dressed as a shark* and get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health for free! Swimming among the stingrays are bonnethead, white-spotted bamboo and brown-banded bamboo sharks.

Paying customers to the exhibit will be awarded a special coupon, which will earn them 10 percent off at Ray’s Snack Shack and Zoo gift shops for the day of their visit.

While visiting Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, interpreters will be floating around to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

Sunday, July 14 — Shark Awareness Day

Sunday, July 14, is Shark Awareness Day at the Zoo! Enjoy a special activity and learn about ways you can help sharks. The Zoo is partnering with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) to inspire individuals to take positive conservation actions to protect the oceans. AZA institutions are working with conservation partners and stakeholders to save sharks and rays around the world.


Friday, July 19

5 to 8 p.m.

Flit your fins at the Jungle Boogie concert featuring Zydeco Crawdaddys at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Friday-Saturday, July 19 & 20

Noon to 3 p.m.

Feel the warm, soothing beat of the steel drum as you listen to the ethereal blend of calypso, reggae, bossa nova, Soca and Caribbean music with Mango Jay, playing live music outside Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. Kids can enjoy shark-themed games and activities.

Swedish Fish Brand Ambassadors will be on-site handing out candy on Friday and Saturday, while supplies last.


Tasty Treats

Glide over to Ray’s Snack Shack, located next to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, and enjoy a Dole Whip! Adults 21 and older can enjoy Dole Whip blended with some island spirits. 

The Shark Bite

The featured item during Shark Week is the “Shark Bite” – a sweet treat with Dole Whip made with Swedish Fish candy. Pick your favorite flavor and ask for a Shark Bite!

How Much Do You Know About Sharks?

The white-spotted bamboobrown-banded bamboo and bonnethead sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from 2.5 to 5 feet in length and are bottom-dwelling species that prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates.

Enjoy this fun interactive quiz and be entered to WIN a Family Membership to the Saint Louis Zoo, courtesy of Swedish Fish.

Take the Quiz

Hours, Prices and Other Fine Print

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the Zoo is free.

  • Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $3.95
  • Members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus Passes for admission.
  • Save with an Adventure Pass. This one-day pass is $12.95 per person and includes admission to the Children's Zoo, Zooline Railroad, Conservation Carousel, 4D Theater, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and Sea Lion Show.
  • Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m.

*Visitors dressed in shark costume receive free entry to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove during Shark Week, July 14-20, 2019, but those over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo's adult costume policy.