Saint Louis Zoo News: Summer Zoo Weekends and Jungle Boogie Kick Off May 24

ST LOUIS, MO (STL.News) – Go wild on the weekends at the Saint Louis Zoo May 24 through Sept. 2! On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Zoo is open extended hours from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. for Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends.  Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning May 28.

The Zoo will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 21, for the Zoo’s biennial fundraiser, ZOOFARI 2019 presented by Wells Fargo Advisors.

Jungle Boogie

Bring the whole family to “splish splash” with the stingrays, “cha-cha” with the cheetahs, and “frug” with the frogs at Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers.  Enjoy free live music by local bands on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., May 24 through Aug. 30 (no concert on June 21).  See concert schedule at  Adults 21 and up can enjoy happy-hour drink specials from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Kids can join in animal-related activities focusing on conservation of endangered species through the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute.

Instagram Contest

Share pictures of your Zoo visit this summer in the #StlZooDay Instagram Contest. Upload the photo during your visit using Wi-Fi powered by Mid America Chevy Dealers.  Each week’s winner will receive gift cards from Famous Footwear and the Zoo and be entered to win a grand prize at the end of the summer.

Animals and More

Stingrays and sharks have returned for a season-long pool party at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health.  Admission is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up.  Zoo members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission.  Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open.  Stingray feedings are $1 per cup.

Summer Zoo Weekends

Enjoy a First Bank Sea Lion Show at Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound.  The sea lion superstars will thrill you with high jumps, flipper walks and lots of splashing!  Throughout the show, trainers explain sea lion behavior and positive-reinforcement training, animal fun facts and the need for conserving the sea lions’ ocean habitat.  Tickets are $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up. Daily shows are at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. May 24 through Aug. 16. From Aug. 17 through Sept. 2, shows are held at 11 a.m. 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day
only.  There are additional 4 p.m. shows on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the summer. Weekend shows continue through the fall season.

At the Emerson Children’s Zoo, enjoy live animal shows presented by The Goddard School.  The shows include a variety of animals showcasing their natural behaviors on stage at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. daily starting Saturday, May 25, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Admission to the Children’s Zoo is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up, with free admission the first hour the Zoo is open.

Meet a keeper at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at various locations throughout the Zoo to learn first-hand how they care for animals.  Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad! Tickets include all-day on-and-off privileges and are $7.95 per person for ages 2 and up.

Enjoy engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations on a 30-minute Safari Walking Tour led by a Zoo interpretive guide. Tickets are $5 per person for ages 2 and up. Tours are offered three times daily May 24 through Aug. 16 and on weekends Aug. 17 through Oct. 27.

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