Saint Louis Zoo celebrates Shark Week

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Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2012Saint Louis Zoo, MO314-781-0900

August 8, 2012

Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Susan Gallagher, 314/646-4633
Christy Childs, 314/646-4639
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Celebrate Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo Saturday, August 11 through Friday, August 17.

Come to the Zoo dressed as a shark that week, and get into the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks exhibit for free! Upon entrance to the Cove, kids will receive an activity book and a Chompy the Shark craft to take home.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., take a tropical trip to the Caribbean with The Lenny Frisch Duo, a steel drum band playing live music outside Caribbean Cove. Be sure to swim by at 1:30 p.m. on those days to participate in a friendly shark frenzy! Also on the weekend, kids can join in shark-themed games and activities.

On Friday, August 17, flit your fins at the Jungle Boogie concert featuring Griffin & the Gargoyles, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Make a pit stop at Ray’s Grill next door to the pool for a shark dog special. Adults can refresh themselves with “shark juice” or a Land Shark lager.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

Brag about your bravery for years to come by purchasing an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt in wave blue.

The white-spotted bamboo, brownbanded bamboo and nurse 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.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the Zoo is free. Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks is $3 for non-members and $1.50 for members up to Zoo-Goer level. Members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m. in summer.

Visitors dressed in shark costume receive free entry to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks during Shark Week, August 11-17, 2012, but those over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo's adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.

For more information about Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo, visit