Explore the Zoo
When you visit the Saint Louis Zoo, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and do. The Zoo has 90 acres of animal exhibits, attractions, shopping and dining for you and your family to enjoy. You can also find Zoo activities and programs for people of all ages and abilities. Check out our Zoo zones below, which highlight unique habitats and animals you can see.
Take a stroll through the Bird House and Bird Garden, Primate House, Herpetarium, Chain of Lakes and Peabody Hall to glimpse birds of all varieties, monkeys and lemurs, amphibians and reptiles, otters, swans and a wildlife art gallery.
Hoof it up to Red Rocks to be greeted by lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and pumas in Big Cat Country; zebras, giraffes, bantengs, babirusas, gazelles, red kangaroos, warty pigs, takins, okapis, Somali wild asses and other hoofed beasts in the Antelope Area.
Enter this immersion exhibit to see bush dogs, black rhinos, capybaras, anteaters, Asian elephants, hippos, red river hogs, carmine bee-eaters, cheetahs, hyenas, painted dogs, Andean bears, sun bears and more!
Walk on The Wild side to see grizzly bears, penguins & puffins, flamingos (seasonal), a polar bear, prairie dogs, red pandas, orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and more!
Download the 2018 Saint Louis Zoo Summer Map
Animal buildings typically open beginning the first hour of operation (9-10 a.m. in off-season; 8-9 a.m. in summer). Our keepers work very hard to have animals in outdoor displays by 9 a.m. Due to husbandry concerns beyond our control, there may be times certain animals are not on display or certain animal buildings are closed to the public. 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.
The current schedule for divers cleaning the Sea Lion Sound pools is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. one day per week. That scheduled day changes weekly. 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.
The Living World and North Entrance will be available for visitors regardless of temperature as long as the Zoo is open. The Zoo is open daily year-round except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Oct. 31 through Feb. 24, 2017
Cafe Kudu, the restaurant at The Living World, will be open only on weekends (weather permitting). Lakeside Cafe will be available every day the Zoo is open. The Chef's Daily Special will continue to be offered at the Lakeside Cafe.
January 2 through Mar. 2, 2018
- Monday-Thursday: The Wells Fargo Arrival Experience South Entrance Welcome Desk, Rentals, Safari Gift Shop will not be staffed if the temperature expected at 12 noon is below 50 degrees*.
- Friday-Sunday and holidays: The amenities listed above will not be staffed if the temperature expected at 12 noon is below 35 degrees*.
*These are general guidelines and are subject to change, especially for special and private events and other weather conditions.
Winter at the Zoo
What's there to see at the Zoo in winter? Plenty! Step inside warm climate-controlled buildings where you'll find hundreds of amazing animals and spectacular plant life. Tour tropical jungles, sandy beaches, a butterfly wonderland and much more at the Jungle of the Apes, Antelope House, Bird House, Children's Zoo, Herpetarium, Insectarium, and Primate House. Don’t forget to say hi to our frozen friends at Penguin & Puffin Coast!
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
See the winter-loving takins, grizzlies, river otters and sea lions. The Amur tigers, snow leopards, and camels have gorgeous new winter coats to show you. Ducks, geese and other waterfowl enjoy the cold months hanging out on the lakes. Visit the outdoor Antelope yards, Grizzly Ridge, Big Cat Country and Sea Lion Sound.