A Day at the St Louis Zoo
From our days of youth to the years that we will be having our own families, zoos will always become part of our memories as one of the most fun attractions we have entered. From the first sights of the animals, we see in our picture books, we are reminded of the sheer wonder and fear that these creatures can impart on us humans. Much is the same for the St. Louis Zoo of the city of St. Louis in the state of Missouri. Let us step inside this wondrous attraction to see a glimpse of just why it is the favorite of many in the city.
Being the home to over 13,000 animals and 555 species, the St. Louis Zoo can be considered as one of the largest in the entire state. With the creation of the Zoological society of St. Louis in 1910, the group conceived the idea of building a zoo within the city for residents to gaze upon the beauty of animals within their locality. The zoo’s first director, George Vierheller, spearheaded the goal of the museum to attract the attention of local and international audiences thru animal shows and advertisements. Up to this day, the zoo still puts up its own shows for all visitors alike. Learn about the St. Louis Art Museum.
The zoo itself is divided into six sizeable sections that are all accessible to visitors. The River’s edge is home to common and rare species native to riversides. The Wilds’ section is the place for tropical rainforest and antartic species such as monkeys, bears, and penguins. The Discovery center is where the insectarium is located, home to hundreds of insects and wild plants. There are also educational installations in this section. In the Historic Hill, the oldest section of the zoo resides, which is the place for the Flight Cage. In the ‘Red Rocks’ section, those who want to see powerful predators at a safe distance may visit to get their fill. Lastly, the ‘Lakeside Crossing’ is the part of the zoo for several restaurants, zoo-themed food, parks, and the like.
Aside from being a place for visiting, it is also a wildlife institute that shelters endangered species. Due to their habitats being on the verge of destruction, the zoo has protected these species so that they may reproduce on a safe location and be given utmost care for them to successfully increase their population. The habitats that they have created in the zoo’s vicinity is both sustainable and beneficial for these endangered species. Some of the species that they cater to include the African painted dos, Asian elephants, rare birds, and carnivores that have limited access to food in their own habitats.
The Zoo is also home to the Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine which specializes in ensuring the health of animals through research in medicine to fight against infectious diseases. Such diseases can pose a threat to the animals in the zoo since its spread in a contained area may be hard to control especially with the constant arrival of many visitors. The institute studies these diseases and how they can affect the animals in the zoo and people as well.
Whether you are young or young-at-heart, you will find excitement in the St. Louis Zoo. With all that it has to offer including its wide variety of animals, sections, and advocacies, the Zoo is worthy of everyone’s time and attention.
Driving directions to our office from St. Louis Zoo
Take Fine Arts Dr and Lagoon Dr to Forsyth Blvd
Follow Forsyth Blvd to S Hanley Rd in Clayton
Continue straight to stay on S Hanley Rd
Our office is on the left