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Personal Conservation Action

We have several programs supported through our conservation in action initiative. There are things you can do on your own or you can organize with others to benefit the community.


On the road conservation

In the United States, the highway and road system is important to all of us. But road construction and the increase of cars and time spent driving has taken a toll on our wildlife and natural landscapes. You can help stop this by following a few simple rules.


Palm oil and orangutans

Orangutans are in trouble in the wild. Their forest homes are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. Palm oil plantations are responsible for the clearing of hundreds of thousands of acres of orangutan habitat.



Almost everyone uses plastic bags, but anyone can make the choice to switch to reusable bags instead. #byetobags reminds us that individuals are the forces of change. As of December 2018, 9,115 Saint Louis Zoo visitors have pledged to make the switch to reusable bags.


What fish is on your plate

When you buy fish or other seafood at the grocery store or order it at a restaurant, do you ever wonder where it came from? More importantly, do you know if it was caught or farmed using environmentally-friendly or sustainable methods?


Cell phone recycling

To help protect endangered species, the St. Louis chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) invites you to recycle your old cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras and other electronic hand-held devices.


Saving birds – YOU can help

Thousands of bird populations and entire species are hanging on by their wingtips. Here are some ways you can help save birds that visit your home or that live in the wild.


Explore conservation articles related to our Action initiatives.

We not only participate and advocate, but we publish our findings and share those with you.

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September 30, 2021

Our Animals

Dedicated to Animal Care Series: Preventive Care

On Sept. 29, 2021, adult male chimpanzee "Jimiyu" was the first animal at our Zoo to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Over the next few months, we plan to administer the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine in a staged roll-out to almost 100 primates, big cats, river otters, painted dogs and bat-eared foxes, all of which carry a potential risk of being infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

Donate to our Conservation Fund

If you’d like to contribute financially to our conservation efforts, you can make a donation through the Saint Louis Zoo.

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