The Saint Louis Zoo is a zoo in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. It is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Admission is free based on a public subsidy from a cultural tax district, the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD); fees are charged for some special attractions. A special feature is the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge Emerson Zooline Railroad with passenger trains pulled by Chance Rides C.P.
The St. Louis Zoo is currently developing a second campus in north St. Louis County, with a target opening date of 2027. This 230 million, 425 acre campus will be called the St. Louis Zoo Wildcare Park, and focus on endangered ungulate species and enormous habitats. The proposed initial list of animals includes Giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Greater kudu, Addax, Bongo, Roan antelope, Somali wild ass, Przewalski’s horse, Scimitar-horned oryx, Waterbuck, Nile lechwe, Banteng, various Gazelle species, Southern white rhinoceros, Eland, Sable antelope, Bactrian camel, and Ostrich.
The St. Louis Zoo is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is a global partnership of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and other experts that works to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. The St. Louis Zoo is committed to the IUCN’s mission and works to conserve species and their habitats through a variety of programs and initiatives.
Some of the ways the St. Louis Zoo works to conserve species and their habitats include:
- Conducting research on endangered species
- Supporting conservation projects in the field
- Educating the public about conservation issues
- Working to reduce human-wildlife conflict
- Advocating for policies that protect wildlife and their habitats
The St. Louis Zoo is a leader in animal care, research, conservation, and education. The zoo is committed to making a difference for animals and the planet.