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Sensory Inclusion

For Guests Who Have Sensory Processing Needs

The Zoo is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our guests, including those with sensory needs.

The Saint Louis Zoo has 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.

Our team members receive ongoing training on how to recognize and assist guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like the Zoo.

With our certification, the Zoo is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when visiting.

Your Zoo Visit

Sensory Bag

The Zoo is pleased to offer sensory backpacks for individuals with
sensory processing challenges. These backpacks include noise-canceling
headphones, weighted lap pads, fidgets and more. They are free to use
and are available for checkout at the Welcome Desks, which can be found
at the North Entrance and South Entrance of the Zoo.


Signage is placed throughout the Zoo indicating areas where there may
be sensory challenges, such as noise, temperature, smells or sounds,
as well as quiet spaces for relaxing.

In addition, guests may connect with any Zoo team member for assistance.

  • Quiet Areas

    Quiet areas typically have less activity and spaces to sit and regroup after becoming overstimulated.

    Bird Garden

    First Aid Station

    Grassy area between Sea Lion Sound and Big Cat Country

    Missouri Meadow

    Red Rocks

    Stingrays at Caribbean Cove — sitting area and deck

  • Headphone Zones

    We have identified noisier spaces as Headphone Zones:

    Antelope House

    Bird House

    Conservation Carousel

    4D Theater


    Jungle of the Apes

    Penguin & Puffin Coast building

    Primate House

    Sea Lion Show

    Stingrays at Caribbean Cove

    Zooline Railroad stations

  • Smell Zone

    Some areas of the Zoo can have intense smell, which is normal for some animal habitats:

    Jungle of the Apes

    Penguin & Puffin Coast

    Primate House

  • Cold Zone

    Some animal habitats are kept very cold to keep the animals comfortable:

    Penguin & Puffin Coast

KultureCity All-Inclusive App