May 22

St. Louis Zoo

Karen at Penguin Coast

When ever Karen and I travel to any large city one of things that are on our to-do list is to check out the local zoo.  One of our favorites is the St. Louis Zoo.  First off, it is a free zoo, and it is situated in wonderful Forest Park.  There is just so much to do there and everything in the park is basically free.  The St. Louis Zoo has several wonderful exhibits and is about to add a new state of the art sea lion exhibit in 2012.

The St. Louis Zoo has around 5000 animals in 95 acres.  While all zoos have good and bad things about them fortunately at the St. Louis Zoo the good certainly outweighs the bad.  Our favorite thing about the zoo is the Penguin and Puffin Coast exhibit.  It is probably the best designed penguin exhibit in any zoo.  At least I know it is the best one Karen and I have ever been to.  Karen and I unfortunately felt the big cat area and the bear grottos needed to be expanded and more up to date, but other then those two areas the rest of the exhibits seemed really up to date.
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The Penguin and Puffin area is a do-not-miss.  It was so nice that Karen and I always go through it twice every time we are there.  The exhibit gets you as close as possible to the animals.  When you walk in, penguins are basically right over your shoulder.  Karen loves watching those little birds waddling back and forth and then when they dive into the water they just dart all over the place.  It puts a big smile on her face every time.
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Our next favorite part of the zoo is the River’s Edge which has a wonderful African Elephant exhibit complete with a waterfall.  Also the hippopotamus exhibit there is extremely nice because it puts you face to face with the hippos.  Seeing the hippopotamus seem to dance underwater as they move gracefully gives any viewer a greater appreciation for an animal that seems at first looks to be so uncoordinated.  The River’s Edge is a very nice immersion exhibit.
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The zoo also has a nice collection of hoof stock and a wonderful exhibit of Apes with an outdoor exhibit that has a beautiful waterfall in the back of it. There is also a children’s zoo and a 3-D theatre.  Last but not least the St. Louis Zoo also has an insectarium with a green house butterfly exhibit that is open year round.  One of the neatest things we saw there was a leaf cutter ant display and you could see those little ants working so hard moving back in forth.
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Karen and I highly recommend the zoo in fact we recommend anybody heading to St. Louis to spend a day in Forest Park. The price is perfect because everything there is free.  For more information check out their website at http://www.stlzoo.org/
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St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park
One Government Drive
St. Louis Mo 63110
The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    Hey , you guys make me want to go to St Louis. These are gorgeous animal pictures. And I can’t believe the zoo is free. Cute wife too.

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