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October 27, 2022

Saint Louis Zoo Awarded World Association Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Award

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has awarded the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute the WAZA conservation award for the Center for Avian Health in the Galápagos Islands.

October 18, 2022

The Health of Ambassador Animals

Have you ever visited the Zoo and enjoyed a close-up encounter with an animal? If so, you likely interacted with one of the Zoo’s many animal ambassadors.

October 18, 2022

Zoo experts could be breakout stars in race against future pandemics

This Year of the Pandemic has been unrelentingly cruel, but there are a few things it wasn't: unexpected, unforeseen or a surprise.

August 16, 2022

10,000th hellbender released to the wild

The Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are celebrating a historic milestone in hellbender conservation in Missouri. As of August 2022, the total Saint Louis Zoo-raised endangered Ozark and eastern hellbenders released into the wild since 2008 now numbers over 10,000 individuals.

July 28, 2022

Black Rhinoceros Moyo Leaves the Saint Louis Zoo

Male black rhinoceros Moyo (MOY-oh) arrived safely at Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, June 11, completing a move that was based on a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

July 19, 2022

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park Updates

Several Updates on Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park

July 12, 2022

Amur Leopard Cubs Explore Big Cat Country

On Tuesday, July 12, two 3-month-old Amur leopard cub females, Anya and Irina (pronounced Ah-na and eye-REE-na), were given access for the first time to their outdoor habitat at Big Cat Country at the Saint Louis Zoo.

July 08, 2022

Saint Louis Zoo Saddened by Passing of Chimpanzee Mlinzi

The Saint Louis Zoo is saddened to announce that Mlinzi, a beloved 29-year-old female chimpanzee, has died.

June 10, 2022

Western Lowland Gorilla Nadaya Joins New Zoo

Male western lowland gorilla Nadaya (Nah-DIE-ya) arrived safely at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington last week, completing a move that was based on a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

May 26, 2022

Urban Chestnut Releases New Seasonal STL Zoo Bier Big Cat Golden Pilsner

To raise awareness about the importance of animal welfare and conservation, the Saint Louis Zoo teamed up with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC) in 2019 to create STL Zoo Bier, the first official beer of the Saint Louis Zoo.

May 19, 2022

Two Amur Leopard Cubs Born at Saint Louis Zoo

Two critically endangered Amur leopard cubs were born at the Saint Louis Zoo on April 21, 2022. The little females are the first cubs born at the Zoo since 2010 and their births are a significant contribution to the population of Amur leopards in North American zoos. This species is considered one of the most endangered cats in the world.

May 09, 2022

Research published: Nonlethal parasites reduce how much their wild hosts eat, leading to ecosystem effects

A new study led by Washington University in St. Louis uses a mathematical model and a global meta-analysis to highlight the cascading consequences of common parasitic infections in wild animals on terrestrial ecosystems.

May 09, 2022

Somali wild ass born at the Saint Louis Zoo

A female Somali wild ass was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on April 8, 2022. Please give a wild welcome to Astrid! Though only a few weeks old, Astrid is a vibrant part of the herd. She is full of energy, but still keeps close to mom Tukia (pronounced too-KEE-ya).

April 19, 2022

First Monkey Born Since Primate Canopy Trails Opened at Saint Louis Zoo

Press Release

April 08, 2022

Emerson Dinoroarus Opens New Features at Saint Louis Zoo

Emerson Dinoroarus (DIE-noh-ROAR-us), the highly popular and dynamic temporary exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo, opens on Friday, April 8, bigger and better than before. The exhibit experienced a soft-opening on Friday, March 18, 2022, with some features unavailable until now. It runs through Monday, October 31, 2022.

December 20, 2021

More Than 1,000 Hellbenders Hatch at the Saint Louis Zoo in Fall 2021

The Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) announce continuing achievement in hellbender conservation with the recent hatching of endangered hellbenders at the Zoo.

December 16, 2021

Three Elephants Turned 50 Years Old at the Zoo

In 2021, the Saint Louis Zoo celebrated the 50th birthdays of Pearl, Donna and Ellie, three elderly Asian elephants that call the Zoo home. The median life expectancy for Asian elephant females under human care is 47.5 years old.

December 08, 2021

The Passing of Amur Tiger Waldemere

Press Release

November 19, 2021

2021 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award Goes to Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D.

The Saint Louis Zoo announced its 2021 Conservation Award and three other Saint Louis Zoo Awards at its 30th Annual Marlin Perkins Society Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The Marlin Perkins Society has grown from 48 to more than 1,250 members over the past 30 years and has generated nearly $35 million in revenue — all to help fund Zoo operations.

November 11, 2021

Big Cats at the Saint Louis Zoo Test Positive for SARS-CoV-2, the Virus that Causes COVID-19

Eight big cats at the Saint Louis Zoo have recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The animals, which include two African lions, two snow leopards, two jaguars, an Amur tiger, and a puma, continue to be closely monitored and a full recovery for all of the big cats is expected thanks to a combination of preventative and ongoing care.