AAA Editor Notes
Saint Louis Zoo is at 1 Government Dr. in Forest Park. About 19,000 animals representing more than 655 species from around the world reside in scenic, natural settings. Among the zoo's highlights is the lushly landscaped Fragile Forest, an outdoor compound home to separate habitats for chimpanzees, orangutans and western lowland gorillas. At Red Rocks, such big cats as lions and tigers coexist peacefully with zebras, giraffes and antelope in natural settings.
Grab your pith helmet for a trek to River's Edge, a 10-acre habitat inhabited by Asian elephants, cheetahs, giant anteaters and viewing areas that provide an opportunity to observe hippos underwater. The Monsanto Insectarium has 100 species of insects and a walk-through butterfly dome. Penguin & Puffin Coast offers a close-up look at these birds, while the Andean Bear Range and Sun Bear Forest habitats are home to Andean, grizzly and Malayan sun bears. You'll also find the Painted Dog Preserve, a spacious area for this endangered African species. A new Polar Bear Point habitat will feature a walk-through cave.
The 1.5-acre Sea Lion Sound habitat, with a Pacific Northwest coast landscape, has a 35-foot underwater viewing tunnel, a see-through pool and an 800-seat amphitheater for sea lion shows.
Young visitors to the Children's Zoo can touch animals and play at the playground. The Conservation Carousel features 64 hand-carved wooden animals, each one representing a protected or endangered species. The 1.5-mile Zooline, a miniature railroad, tours the zoo grounds. There's also the 4D motion simulator ride, Dino Safari.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.