Saint Louis Zoo
...has more than 6,000 exotic animals,
many of them rare and endangered,
from the major continents and habitats
of the world.
Wander through the Penguin & Puffin Coast and the River's Edge,the
zoo's 10-acre exhibit for its elephants, cheetahs, mongooses and hyenas.
The area includes a waterfall, streams and hills.
And you can get up close and personal
with bugs at the Zoo's Monsanto Insectarium.
In the Zoo's Living World center, hands-on,
interactive exhibits teach lessons on man's relationship
to the animal world.
The Living World, a state-of-the-art education center,
lets visitors learn about 150 species of
live animals through dozens of computers, videos and interactive exhibits.
Jungle of the Apes gives visitors a look at
the larger apes in a lush tropical and a close-up
look indoors at chimpanzees and orangutans.
The outdoor ape habitat is being expanded into
The Fragile Forest.
Big Cat Country houses powerful predators -Siberian tigers,
African lions, Amur leopards, snow leopards,
jaguars and cougars in spacious outdoor surroundings.
The Bear Pits, an open-mooted exhibit
popular with visitors, were a "first" in zoo
architecture in the 1920's.
The pits are molded from limestone found
along the Mississippi River.
In the remodeled and expanded Children's Zoo,
visitors can get up close and personal with a
family of button-nosed koalas, zoom down a slide
through an otter exhibit, feed nectar to lorikeet
parrots and view live animal shows. Kids can also swing
on rope vines like monkeys and climb on a giant spider web
in the animal-themed play area.
Location: Forest Park, six miles west of downtown St. Louis.