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April 17, 2023

New Bird Show “Winging It” at Saint Louis Zoo

Spring Training shows begin May 6

April 13, 2023

First zoo-raised hellbender successfully reproducing in the wild

This is a significant milestone in population recovery efforts of the endangered Ozark hellbender.

March 28, 2023

New Electric Train Debuts at Saint Louis Zoo

Train named after Mary Meachum

March 21, 2023

Andean Bear Ben to Move to New Home at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas

Saint Louis Zoo experts worked to find a new home that suits his unique personality

March 14, 2023

Saint Louis Zoo Association Elects New Officers, Names New Members

Saint Louis Zoo Association elected new officers and announced new board members at its last meeting in December 2022.

February 23, 2023

Andean bear out of habitat again and returned safely

The Zoo Animal Emergency Response protocol was implemented and various team members responded accordingly.

February 16, 2023

Ivory Surrender Events Invite Public to “Toss The Tusk” to Save Elephants

Association of Zoos & Aquariums, AZA’s Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announce public events that draw attention to the elephant poaching crisis and illegal trade of elephant ivory in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo will participate on Friday, August 11.

February 15, 2023

Congolese Government Elevates Conservation Status of Great Ape Habitat

Saint Louis Zoo provided support for scientists to inform inclusion of the Djéké Triangle to Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.

February 08, 2023

Andean bear outside of habitat returned safely

An Andean bear named Ben was discovered outside of its habitat in the River’s Edge. The bear was secured near his habitat and staff were able to tranquilize and safely return him to the indoor holding area safely.

February 06, 2023

Two Western Lowland Gorillas Move Between Saint Louis Zoo and Brookfield Zoo

Cities known for their friendly rivalries have come together to help save a critically endangered species

December 07, 2022

Big Cat Public Safety Act

Following a decade of advocacy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums heralds Congressional approval of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act.’ The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for approval. Saint Louis Zoo involved in advocating for this bill

November 22, 2022

Forest Park Living Lab

The Forest Park Living Lab is a partnership of Forest Park Forever, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Saint Louis University, the Saint Louis Zoo, Washington University in St. Louis and the World Bird Sanctuary.

November 04, 2022

Saint Louis Zoo Awards 2022

2022 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award Goes to Belinda Low Mackey

October 28, 2022

First Baby Francois’ Langur Ever Born at the Saint Louis Zoo

Just in time for Halloween, we share with you our newest and cutest li’l pumpkin-haired baby, Rhubarb! The 1-month-old female Francois’ langur was born on September 30 to mom Dolly and dad Deshi at the Michael and Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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