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Billy Brennan, Director of Public Relations & Government Affairs

(314) 646-4633

Christy Childs, Public Relations Manager

(314) 646-4639

Erin Heffernan, Public Relations Specialist

(314) 646-4945

Megan Pellock, Public Relations Coordinator

(314) 646-4703

September 05, 2023

New E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Zoological Studies at UMSL and Senior Scientist at Saint Louis Zoo

Michael “Michi” Tobler has taken over as the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Zoological Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, effective Aug. 15. As part of his new role, he will also serve as Senior Scientist at the Saint Louis Zoo.

September 05, 2023

Boo at the Zoo presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hosptial

The Zoo's family-friendly Halloween experience is open nightly, Oct. 13-29, 2023. Sensory-friendly night is Oct. 16. Tickets required.

September 05, 2023


Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8, 2023

August 11, 2023

Toss the Tusk Event Hosted by Saint Louis Zoo

Association of Zoos and Aquariums, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Saint Louis Zoo team up to help save elephants from wildlife trafficking through an elephant ivory surrendering event at the Zoo

July 12, 2023

Assistant Secretary Estenoz Visits the Saint Louis Zoo

Visit comes as nation celebrates Endangered Species Act’s 50th Anniversary.

May 30, 2023

Western Lowland Gorilla Kayin Joins Saint Louis Zoo

Male western lowland gorilla Kayin (Kay’-in) arrived safely at the Saint Louis Zoo last week, completing a move that was based on a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

May 16, 2023

New Studies on Local Turtles and Galapagos Tortoises

Saint Louis Zoo staff, in collaboration with Saint Louis University and others, published two new studies on the effects of human activities on turtles and tortoises.

May 12, 2023

Saint Louis Zoo Unveils Name and Shares Plans for the New Experience for Children and Families

Henry A. Jubel Foundation Destination Discovery will have Animal Adventures at Every Turn. Target public opening in 2026

May 05, 2023

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at the Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is hosting a free event for World Migratory Bird Day, on Friday, May 12. Activities, educational engagements, and themed-treats will be available throughout the Zoo, as guests learn about the importance of helping migratory birds.

April 28, 2023

Saint Louis Zoo Helps Release Thousands of Tropical Snails

Zoo keepers from four institutions, including the Saint Louis Zoo, have released thousands of tropical snails into their French Polynesian island homes. These snails were bred in various zoos in an effort to reintroduce several snail species, a few of which are extinct in the wild.

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
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