Saint Louis Zoo recognized by magazine as one of best in U.S.

The zoo was selected as part of a more select group of US animal shelters, and it’s perfectly okay to be flattered by the recognition

ST. LOUIS – There’s always a degree of pride and satisfaction when you appear on a list of your hometown, favorite places, or common interests. You Know The Way – The Best Cities To Live In America, The Best Colleges To Send Your Child In, Books To Read Before You Die, 24 Things You Didn’t Know About Matt Gaetz.

But St. Louis cracked the top 9 on a list that other cities scramble on top of each other to be on the list.

The Saint Louis Zoo was named “9 of the Best Zoos in the United States” by Travel + Leisure. And that was before our zoo revealed that it would be bringing back “Dinoroarus” after more than a decade.

What is special about this recognition for the city, however, is that we don’t have this list for the best Bavarian pretzels, dole whip, or funnel cakes.

The article by Travel + Leisure states, “These popular US zoos are about more than just exotic animals. They help fund and initiate animal welfare efforts.”

The article states that the Saint Louis Zoo “is known worldwide for its innovative approach to animal care and welfare.” The zoo has established two pillars of these approaches: the WildCare Institute and the Institute for Conservation Medicine.

The 500 species of animals, entertainment like the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, and all the food and treats go a long way in making it a popular destination for visitors and local residents alike.

However, the conservation and animal care initiatives help ensure that the Saint Louis Zoo is recognized as one of the top nine zoos in the United States – in a select group that includes the Smithsonian National Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Omaha, Columbus, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom belong.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 13. After that, opening times will change to cater to the summer and holiday crowds.

Admission is free, but participation is limited. You must therefore reserve a week in advance. However, once you get to the zoo at your reserved time, you can stay as long as you like. Visit stlzoo.org for more information.

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