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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.

November 05, 2021

Saint Louis Zoo joins #FramingOurFuture campaign with Wildlife Conservation Society and other zoos and aquariums

NEWS FROM CoP26: WCS and Zoo and Aquarium Partners Launch #FramingOurFuture Campaign to Support Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change

October 05, 2021

Dwight Scott Named the Next Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo has named Dwight Scott its next Dana Brown President & CEO, succeeding Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., who will retire from that position at the end of the year after leading the organization for nearly two decades.

September 30, 2021

Saint Louis Zoo Begins Vaccinating Its At-Risk Animals Against COVID-19

The Saint Louis Zoo has vaccinated its first animal against COVID-19, a move to protect the health and well-being of its most at-risk animals from the deadly virus. Male chimpanzee “Jimiyu” (pronounced Jimmy-you) received his first dose of Zoetis’ (pronounced zoe-EYE-tess) COVID-19 vaccine, which has been authorized for use on animals on a case-by-case, experimental basis.

September 15, 2021

Hellbender Conservationists Continue Saving An Endangered Species

Over 800 Ozark and eastern hellbenders raised from eggs at the Saint Louis Zoo were released into their native Missouri Ozark rivers this summer by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) State Herpetologist Jeff Briggler, Ph.D., in cooperation with the Zoo and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

July 27, 2021

Saint Louis Zoo Receives Award for Excellence in Records Management

The Saint Louis Zoo registrar team recently received the 2021 Program Excellence Award for animal and veterinary records management from the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA).

June 09, 2021

Saint Louis Zoo Receives Leadership Gift from the Michael and Quirsis Riney Family for New Primate Exhibit

Today, the Saint Louis Zoo announced a leadership gift from Michael and Quirsis Riney to name Michael and Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails, which is set to open at the Zoo on July 12, 2021.

May 27, 2021

Urban Chestnut Seasonal STL Zoo Bier Now Available

STL Zoo Bier raises funds and awareness for the Saint Louis Zoo's conservation work and animal-care efforts

May 11, 2021

Baby Guereza Colobus Monkey Born

A female Guereza colobus monkey (Guh-REZ-uh KAH-luh-bus), was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on April 8, 2021. The baby, named Juniper, can be seen with her family group at the Primate House.

April 05, 2021

The Saint Louis Zoo Receives Sensory Inclusion Certification

The Saint Louis Zoo recently earned Sensory Inclusive™ certification through a partnership with KultureCity, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides sensory inclusion training and tools to venues and large-scale events.

March 24, 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Bonner to Retire as the Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo

Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo, today announced his intention to retire at the end of this year after leading the organization for 19 years. The St. Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission has begun the process of an international search to identify Dr. Bonner's successor in the coming months.

March 23, 2021

Southern Rockhopper Penguin Chick Hatched at the Saint Louis Zoo Public helps to choose the name: Opal

On December 11, 2020, a female southern rockhopper penguin hatched at Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo. This is the first successful hatch of this species at the Zoo in 11 years.

February 01, 2021

Saint Louis Zoo Makes Decisive Move to Save American Red Wolves

New remote habitats on Franklin County land will be home to 12 breeding pairs of this critically endangered species

December 10, 2020

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park Name Unveiled

Leadership Gift from the Kent Family to Support Conservation and Animal Science Center Zoo Researchers Conduct Biodiversity Studies at North St. Louis County Campus