The Saint Louis Zoo provides first-rate care to over 16,000 animals at the Zoo, while also supporting wildlife around the world.
16,000 Animals, 500 Species
This animal class includes toads, frogs, salamanders and more.Explore
These feathered animals come in almost every size and color.Explore
Fish can be found in oceans, rivers and wetlands.Explore
99% of species are invertebrates.Explore
Mammals, which include humans, share a lot of traits.Explore
Reptiles have skin covered in scales and are ectothermic.Explore
Dinosaurs, insects and the Butterfly WingExplore
Elephants, cheetahs and hipposExplore
Penguins, bears and great apesExplore
Big cats, giraffes and zebrasExplore
Sea lions, seals and stingraysExplore
Primates, reptiles and birdsExplore
Caring for Animals: It’s What We Do!
It’s more than feeding animals and keeping their habitats clean. We are devoted to providing enrichment and nutrition while putting our research and best practices to use. Learn more about how we care for animals.
What makes an animal, an animal?
These are five characteristics that define most animals.
Are made of multiple cells
Eat living things for nutrients
Physically move from place to place
React quickly to their environment
Propagate by sexual reproduction
So, you want to be a keeper?
We are happy to help people understand how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria and similar wildlife organizations.