In 1991, the Marlin Perkins Society was formed in honor of one of our Zoo's great directors as a way to recognize those individuals, corporations and foundations who generously support the Zoo with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. When the Society was formed, it was comprised of only 48 members. Today, we have more than 1,180 members and have raised more than $28 million in revenue for the Zoo.

Over the years, our Marlin Perkins Society members have become some of the closest and most dedicated members of the Zoo family. By taking advantage of the wonderful MPS Membership Benefits, they have been able to enjoy special behind-the-scenes tours and up close and personal experiences with many of our animals, meet keepers and curators and learn some of the inside information about animal training, breeding and conservation programs as well as attend some of the best events the Zoo has to offer.

We hope that each of our members has as much pride in their support of the Zoo as we have in their involvement. Our Zoo would not be what it is today – an international leader in animal management, research, conservation, exhibits, education and guest experiences that is "free to all" – without the generosity and commitment of our Marlin Perkins Society members. There are few other places where your contributions can touch the lives of so many people as well as animals – both here and around the world. Thank you for your support, your trust and your help in ensuring that the Saint Louis Zoo will be here for generations to come.

With an annual gift of $1,000 or more, you too can enjoy so many wonderful benefits in addition to the satisfaction that comes from knowing YOU have made a difference at the Zoo. If you work for a company with a matching gift program, you may be able to become a Marlin Perkins Society member for as little as $500. You may obtain matching gift information from your employer's Human Resources department or may contact Catherine Langreder, Director of Annual Gifts at (314) 646-4859 for more information on Matching Gifts or the Marlin Perkins Society program.


You may also download a Marlin Perkins Society Individual Response Form or Corporate Response Form and mail to:

Marlin Perkins Society
Saint Louis Zoo
PO Box 798256
St. Louis, MO 63179-8000