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Stingrays At Caribbean Cove Opens At St. Louis Zoo

Stingrays At Caribbean Cove at the St. Louis ZooThe popular Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids returns to the Saint Louis Zoo this weekend and runs through Sept. 28, 2014.

According to a Zoo press release: “Cownose rays and southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs, bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool located under the Edward Jones Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the animals to touch them. Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to feed the stingrays. These are hardy species that interact well with people in a safe and fun manner. . .

“The bonnethead shark is the smallest member of the hammerhead family. They have semi-circular heads resembling a shovel or bonnet. Bamboo sharks are sometimes called ‘cat sharks’ because the barbels, or sensory organs, near their mouths resemble cat whiskers.

“The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length and are bottom-dwelling species that prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates. Visitors will not be feeding the sharks, but they will be able to touch the sharks as they swim by.

“Cownose rays and southern stingrays are related to sharks. Stingrays have flat bodies, long pointed fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped. Staff at the exhibit will monitor the stingrays throughout the season to ensure that the barbs stay neatly trimmed.

“Along for the swim are horseshoe crabs, which are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than to true crabs. The horseshoe crab is a living fossil. It has been on the earth for 220 million years, longer than dinosaurs, and it survives today almost identical to its ancient ancestors.”

The 20-inch deep pool includes a waterfall and a solitary space and places for the animals to rest if they choose.

Zoo interpreters and educators will be present to help visitors and to share information about the animals, sustainable seafood and ocean conservation.

Visitors can purchase a variety of ocean-related souvenirs, including plush stingrays and other sea life items, shark merchandise, T-shirts, tropical attire and nautical gifts at Tropical Traders Gift Shop.  Ray’s Grill will serve up fish and chips, fajitas, island burgers and more. Margaritas, daiquiris and beer (with or without alcohol) will also be available.

The Zoo’s Education Department will present several programs for children and adults during the summer such as A Day With the Rays, Wake Up With the Rays, Family and Scout Overnights, Camp KangaZoo and more. To register for programs, visit www.stlzoo.org/education or call(314) 646-4544.

Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 per person. Zoo Friends members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under age 2 are free.

A one-day Safari Pass is $12 and includes admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other attractions. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1 per cup.

The Zoo’s spring hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 22.

Beginning May 23 through September 1, 2014, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday for Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends. The Zoo will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 20, because of A Zoo Ado, the Zoo’s biennial fundraiser.

The Zoo will be open until 7 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 26; Independence Day Weekend, July 3-6; and Labor Day, Sept. 1. Starting September 2, the Zoo’s hours return to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

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Hop To It: Breakfast With Bunny This Weekend At Saint Louis Zoo

Breakfast with BunnyThere’s still time to take the little ones to breakfast with the Easter bunny at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Breakfast with Bunny will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday as well as Saturday, April 19. Sign up soon, though. Some time slots are already sold out.

The event will be held at the Zoo’s McDonnell Center at River Camp. There will be a breakfast buffet with costumed characters. Kids can also pose for a photo with the Bunny. There’ll be surprises for all–a gift for children and free parking for adults.

Admission is $22 per adult and $20 for children ages 2 to 12; children under 2 are free.

Reservations are required and are limited. Call 314-646-4897.

The St. Louis Zoo is located in Forest Park.

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Wild Nights At The St. Louis Zoo Weekends Through December

Wild Lights at the ZooCheck out one of St. Louis’ best holiday light displays at U. S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo.

The display is open Dec. 13-15, 20-23, 26-30.

Admission is:

  • $4 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $5 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8:15 p.m. each night.

Thousands and thousands of lights illuminate the night as visitors can see the Arctic Wonderland, Swan Lake, a fantasy butterfly garden, Snowfall Flurry Walk, prairie dogs and the Gingerbread Village.

Visitors can also enjoy fireside stories from Tundra Tom or Arctic Annie with live performances on select nights

The St. Louis Zoo is located in Forest PArk.

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Wild Nights At The St. Louis Zoo Weekends Through December

Wild Lights at the ZooU. S. Bank Wild Lights,  the Saint Louis Zoo‘s ever popular light show, returns this weekend.

This holiday wonderland of spectacular light will be  open Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30.

Admission is:

  • $4 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $5 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8:15 p.m. each night.

Thousands and thousands of lights illuminate the night with:

  • Arctic Wonderland
  • Swan Lake
  • Fantasy butterfly garden
  • Snowfall Flurry Walk
  • Poppin’ prairie dogs
  • Gingerbread Village
  • Numerous trees and plantings ablaze in lights

Free Activities & Attractions

  • Warm up with cold-blooded creatures at the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium.
  • Get buggy at Monsanto Insectarium.
  • Be surrounded by swimming sea lions at Sea Lion Sound.
  • Fireside stories: Gather ’round the fire as storytellers like Tundra Tom spin wintry tales about penguins, reindeer and other wildlife. Perhaps Arctic Annie will share chronicles of Missouri critters that live all around us. Come fluff your fur, warm your paws, and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories. Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy.
  • Hear live performances on select nights.
  • Visit the Fresh 102.5 Craft Corner in Lakeside Cafe.

The St. Louis Zoo is located in Forest PArk.

 

  • $4 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $5 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8:15 p.m. each night.
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Final Days For Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo'

Boo at the Zoo, Saint Louis ZooIf you still want to catch Boo at the Zoo, the annual non-scary Halloween alternative at the  Saint Louis Zoo, you’d better hurry. There’s only a couple of days left to do it.

Spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment are on tap at this annual family event.

It’s held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night until Oct. 30.

There’ll be singing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, Pirate’s Lagoon, floating busts that have spooks to sing about and more.

A show featuring animals performing natural behaviors on stage called  “Halloween Pirate Adventure” happenes at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children age 2 to 12 dressed in costume receive a $1 discount on admission; children under 2, free. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

Purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Zoo’s efforts to save endangered species.

Admission to the Children’s Zoo and show is free.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories.

New in 2013, is a nighttime ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad. Tickets to ride are $5 per person.

The Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, eerily draped in cobwebs, will be transformed into the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.” Conservation Carousel tickets are $3 per person.

“Wooly Wonka’s Wonder-riffic Wander-About,” a night hike, includes exploration of Sea Lion Sound, Big Cat Country and the Herpetarium. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween boo-tique for souvenirs, and receive 10% off (or 20% for members) with a purchase of $25 or more at Zoo gift shops.

Parking will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Lot will be open only on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 30.

Boo at the Zoo Nights is sponsored by MercyKids, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, Fresh 102.5 and Y98.

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Saint Louis Zoo 'Boo At The Zoo' Starts Today

Boo at the Zoo, Saint Louis ZooToday is the first day for Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night until Oct. 30.

Things to look for–singing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, Pirate’s Lagoon, floating busts that have spooks to sing about and more.

“Halloween Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors on stage at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children age 2 to 12 dressed in costume receive a $1 discount on admission; children under 2, free. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

Purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Zoo’s efforts to save endangered species.

Admission to the Children’s Zoo and show is free.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories.

New in 2013, is a nighttime ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad. Tickets to ride are $5 per person.

The Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, eerily draped in cobwebs, will be transformed into the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.” Conservation Carousel tickets are $3 per person.

“Wooly Wonka’s Wonder-riffic Wander-About,” a night hike, includes exploration of Sea Lion Sound, Big Cat Country and the Herpetarium. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween boo-tique for souvenirs, and receive 10% off (or 20% for members) with a purchase of $25 or more at Zoo gift shops.

Parking will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Lot will be open only on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 30.

Boo at the Zoo Nights is sponsored by MercyKids, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, Fresh 102.5 and Y98.

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Last Chance For FREE Ottertoberfest At The Saint Louis Zoo

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.45.58 PMToday’s the final day  Ottertoberfest at the St. Louis Zoo. The event transforms the Zoo into an Oktoberfest for the entire family and is FREE.

Hours today are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Ottertoberfest features otter-related games, crafts and activities, keeper chats and enrichment, live traditional music and biergartens.

The adults can enjoy beer and bratwursts, German potato salad and other specialty concessions will be available at various biergartens. “Oompah” music will be performed from noon to 3 p.m. in Schnuck Family Plaza.

The keeper chats and enrichment will take place near the river otters at the Emerson Children’s Zoo and the Chain of Lakes at Historic Hill.

MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan will be on site during the event with coloring books and other goodies for children. Parents can also ask questions about the benefits the savings plan.  Additional sponsors include Coca-Cola and Wild 104.9!

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo and Ottertoberfest is free. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is free from 9-10 a.m. and $4 per person (ages 2 and up) after 10 a.m. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit the Zoo’s website.

Sunday’s activities:

Otter keeper chat, 10 a.m. in Emerson Children’s Zoo

The Deutschmeister Brass Band, noon to 3 p.m.

Otter keeper chat and enrichment, 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free. The Zoo is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

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Saint Louis Zoo Features Boo At The Zoo 10/18/13-10/30/13

Boo at the Zoo, Saint Louis ZooBoo at the Zoo begins Friday at the Saint Louis Zoo. The annual event beckons families to enjoy spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and hauntingly fun entertainment at the Zoo’s family friendly, non-scary Halloween experience.

The fun is on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night Oct. 18-30.

The Zoo’s eerie grounds is the perfect place to get in the Halloween mood. There you’ll encounter singing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, Pirate’s Lagoon, floating busts that have spooks to sing about and more.

Emerson Children’s Zoo is the place for a “Halloween Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors on stage at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Catch an up-close look at some of the Zoo’s night crawlers and discover the naked mole rats.

Admission to Boo at the Zoo Nights is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Children age 2 to 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission. Children under 2 get in free. Ages 12 and under are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

Purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world.

Admission to the Children’s Zoo and show is free.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories.

New in 2013, is a nighttime ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad. Tickets to ride are $5 per person.

The Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, eerily draped in cobwebs, will be transformed into the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.” Conservation Carousel tickets are $3 per person.

“Wooly Wonka’s Wonder-riffic Wander-About,” a night hike, includes exploration of Sea Lion Sound, Big Cat Country and the Herpetarium. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween boo-tique for souvenirs, and receive 10% off (or 20% for members) with a purchase of $25 or more at Zoo gift shops.

Parking will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Lot will be open only on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 30.

Boo at the Zoo Nights is sponsored by MercyKids, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, Fresh 102.5 and Y98.

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Last Chance For FREE Ottertoberfest At The Saint Louis Zoo

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.45.58 PMIt’s your last chance to attend Ottertoberfest at the St. Louis Zoo. The event transforms the Zoo into an Oktoberfest for the entire family. The FREE event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

What you’ll find: otter-related games and activities, keeper chats and enrichment, live traditional music and biergartens.

There’ll be a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game, and a river clean-up activity. Crafts and other activities are designed for ages 2-10.

The adults can enjoy beer and bratwursts, German potato salad and other specialty concessions will be available at various biergartens. “Oompah” music will be performed from noon to 3 p.m. in Schnuck Family Plaza.

The keeper chats and enrichment will take place near the river otters at the Emerson Children’s Zoo and the Chain of Lakes at Historic Hill.

MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan will be on site during the event with coloring books and other goodies for children. Parents can also ask questions about the benefits the savings plan.  Additional sponsors include Coca-Cola and Wild 104.9!

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo and Ottertoberfest is free. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is free from 9-10 a.m. and $4 per person (ages 2 and up) after 10 a.m. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit the Zoo’s website.

Saturday’s activities:

Otter keeper chat, 10 a.m. in Emerson Children’s Zoo

The Polka Connection Band,  noon to 3 p.m.

Otter keeper chat and enrichment, 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill

Sunday’s activities:

Otter keeper chat, 10 a.m. in Emerson Children’s Zoo

The Deutschmeister Brass Band, noon to 3 p.m.

Otter keeper chat and enrichment, 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free. The Zoo is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

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FREE: Ottertoberfest At The Saint Louis Zoo

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.45.58 PMDon’t miss the free Ottertoberfest at the St. Louis Zoo this weekend when the Zoo is transformed into an Oktoberfest for the entire family. The FREE event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

What you’ll find: otter-related games and activities, keeper chats and enrichment, live traditional music and biergartens.

There’ll be a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game, and a river clean-up activity. Crafts and other activities are designed for ages 2-10.

The adults can enjoy beer and bratwursts, German potato salad and other specialty concessions will be available at various biergartens. “Oompah” music will be performed from noon to 3 p.m. in Schnuck Family Plaza.

The keeper chats and enrichment will take place near the river otters at the Emerson Children’s Zoo and the Chain of Lakes at Historic Hill.

MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan will be on site during the event with coloring books and other goodies for children. Parents can also ask questions about the benefits the savings plan.  Additional sponsors include Coca-Cola and Wild 104.9!

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo and Ottertoberfest is free. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is free from 9-10 a.m. and $4 per person (ages 2 and up) after 10 a.m. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (314) 781-0900, or visit the Zoo’s website.

 

Schedule of Activities:

 

Saturday’s activities:

Otter keeper chat, 10 a.m. in Emerson Children’s Zoo

The Polka Connection Band,  noon to 3 p.m.

Otter keeper chat and enrichment, 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill

Sunday’s activities:

Otter keeper chat, 10 a.m. in Emerson Children’s Zoo

The Deutschmeister Brass Band, noon to 3 p.m.

Otter keeper chat and enrichment, 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill

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