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Specialty Tours

Specialty tours need to be scheduled at least three weeks in advance due to various animal considerations and availability. Capacity limitations apply. Duration times are approximate.

  • Vet Hospital Tour $35 per person

    Vet Hospital Tour

    Have you ever wondered how the Zoo maintains such a diverse collection of animals and keeps them so healthy? How do we treat a giraffe vs. a tiny frog? And how do we care for animals threatened with extinction or with other specific needs? Meet with our vet staff to learn some of the innovative and unique ways they treat the Zoo’s animals.

    Number of guests:
    Minimum of four; maximum of 20

    Duration:
    45-60 minutes

    Age Requirements:
    Ages 10 and up

    Offered Monday through Friday only

    Please note that while all of The Zoo's public spaces and guest amenities are fully accessible, some of the behind-the-scenes areas visited through our tour program may not be.

    The Vet Hospital Tour is a fully accessible tour. If there are any physical, cognitive or behavioral considerations within your group, please call the Tour Agents at (314) 646-4840 so our staff can be prepared to make appropriate accommodations.

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  • Animal Nutrition Center Tour $35 per person

    Animal Nutrition Center Tour

    "Healthy Animals, Healthy People" is the motto of our Animal Nutrition Center and Institute for Conservation Medicine. Learn how our staff nutritionist researches and determines the nutritional needs of each animal at the Zoo.

    Number of Guests:
    Minimum of four; maximum of 20

    Duration:
    45 minutes

    Age Requirements:
    Ages 10 and up

    Offered Monday through Friday only

    Please note that while all of The Zoo's public spaces and guest amenities are fully accessible, some of the behind-the-scenes areas visited through our tour program may not be.

    The Animal Nutrition Center Tour is a fully accessible tour. If there are any physical, cognitive or behavioral considerations within your group, please call the Tour Agents at (314) 646-4840 so our staff can be prepared to make appropriate accommodations.

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  • Business Operations $25 per person

    Business Operations

    Ever wonder how admission to the Saint Louis Zoo has remained free for over 100 years? Our business operations play a big part! See how Zoo professionals manage a non-profit organization and keep the Zoo thriving year-round. You'll learn how all operations — from attractions like the Emerson Zooline Railroad to programs like Zoo memberships — play an important role in supporting our timeless institution.

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  • Water Conservation $25 per person

    Water Conservation

    From hippos to hellbenders, the Saint Louis Zoo needs a lot of water for animal habitats and other needs on Zoo grounds. This tour will show you how we wisely manage our water supply, and how the Zoo conserves water whenever possible. You'll go behind the scenes to popular habitats like McDonnell Polar Bear Point and Sea Lion Sound to see the Zoo's water system in action. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of water conservation for people and animals.

    This tour does involve several flights of stairs in an underground area and is not recommended for anyone with accessibility needs.

    Number of Guests:
    Minimum of 15; maximum of 20

    Duration:
    60 minutes

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  • Sustainability Practices $25 per person

    Sustainability Practices

    Sustainability is the core of our organization, and the Saint Louis Zoo works hard to preserve our planet's natural resources. Take a peek at how the Zoo continues to "go green." Learn about our recycling and composting efforts. You'll also see solar panels and electric vehicle chargers installed at the Zoo to help save electricity.

    Number of Guests:
    Minimum of 15; maximum of 20

    Duration:
    60 minutes

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  • Botanical Wonders Temporarily Unavailable

    Have you ever seen an elephant ear? How about a Bengal tiger canna? Let our expert horticulture staff guide you on a fascinating and educational walking tour. Experience the flora in the River's Edge immersion exhibit and take in the beauty of colorful annuals and trees at the Zoo.

    Number of Guests:
    Minimum of four; maximum of 20

    Meeting Times:
    Offered Monday through Friday, June through October at 8:30 a.m.