The history of the Saint Louis Zoo dates back to the 1904 World’s Fair when the purchase of a large walk-through bird cage ignited a spark that led to the formation of the St. Louis Zoological Society. Today, that Flight Cage is known as the “Cypress Swamp” and is still frequented by the over 3 million people that visit the Zoo each year. The Saint Louis Zoo has come a long way from a single aviary attraction to becoming America’s #1 Zoo*.
This dedication to excellence extends not only to the animals that live in the Zoo, but also to the events held at the Zoo. Whether you are hosting a gala event catered by Saint Louis Zoo Mane Event Catering, or simply hosting a small business meeting, the Zoo’s Private Event Managers will meticulously execute all the details of your event.
And where else can you take your guests on a Behind-the-Scenes tour, a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad or welcome them with animal greeters? You can also embark on a team-building ZooQuest, Adventure Tour or create enrichment treats for the Zoo’s animals with your group. Every event is a little more fun when held at the Saint Louis Zoo! And when you host your event at the Zoo, you support the Zoo’s conservation efforts both here and around the world.
The Zoo’s private event facilities are yet another thing that set it apart from the pack. Life-size shark, squid and stingray sculptures greet you as you enter The Living World’s 65-foot rotunda flooded with natural light from the glass-domed ceiling. This venue offers two levels of flexible space and the Anheuser-Busch Theatre for your presentation and entertainment requirements.
A waterfront pavilion in the heart of the Zoo, Lakeside Cafe provides a lively setting for company functions. Its covered patio overlooks a lake inhabited with waterfowl and turtles. Inside, the feeling is decidedly spacious and grand, with architectural columns and a vaulted ceiling.
The McDonnell Center at River Camp offers a scenic setting for your event. A private terrace runs the length of the building and a dramatic window into the Missouri River Aquarium at one end affords a spectacular view of paddlefish, gar and other aquatic creatures.
Perched on Historic Hill near the Bird House, Peabody Hall’s open floor plan and updated facilities offer an inviting space for any event. The large patio at Peabody Hall overlooks Historic Hill and Sea Lion Sound, offering an outdoor area for your guests to enjoy.
The Event Tent provides a unique experience nestled between the Primate House and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium. If you’re looking for an intimate setting for a corporate dinner or social function, this spectacular tent offers generous space to mix and mingle.
Let the Zoo’s talented staff and unique atmosphere capture every detail of your imagination for your event. Contact one of the Zoo’s Private Event Managers at (314) 646-4855 to learn more about the unique event opportunities at the Zoo.
* Zagat Survey/Parenting Magazine.