Holiday gift ideas from Saint Louis Zoo

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Holiday gift ideas from Saint Louis Zoo

Nov 9, 2012



Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Susan Gallagher, 314/646-4633
Christy Childs, 314/646-4639
Joanna Bender, 314/646-4703



Find the perfect holiday gift at the Saint Louis Zoo

Find holiday gifts for everyone on your list at the Saint Louis Zoo this year. Proceeds from all sales benefit the animals and programs of the Zoo. For more information, visit or call (314) 781-0900.

Holiday Zootique

Shop Holiday Zootique in the new Treetop Shop in The Living World for animal-related clothing, ornaments, plush animals, toys, books, home décor and many items only available at the Saint Louis Zoo. Holiday Zootique is open Nov. 15 through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 22 and Dec. 24.)

Zoo Parents Holiday Adoption

If “only a hippopotamus will do” for someone on your gift list, the Zoo can help! Each proud Zoo Parent will receive a cuddly plush hippo (while supplies last) with commemorative tag, personalized adoption certificate, color photo and fact sheet, car decal and T-shirt transfer, invitation to the annual Zoo Parents Picnic and the recipient’s name on the Zoo Parents Kiosk and Donor Wall for one year. Holiday adoptions are $40, including shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental United States. The donation goes towards the animal's care and daily feeding. Order adoptions online at, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or in person at Zoo Welcome Desks. Place orders by Dec. 11 for delivery by Dec. 24.

Zoo Friends Holiday Membership

A Saint Louis Zoo gift membership includes presents big and small and can be used all year long! A $65 Zoo-Goer membership includes six free parking passes, free passes for the Emerson Zooline Railroad, Emerson Children’s Zoo and Sea Lion Show, as well as Zoo discounts, stlzoo member magazine, e-newsletter and more. The membership includes a collectible ornament available only with holiday gift memberships (while supplies last). Order memberships online at, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or in person at Zoo Welcome Desks. Place orders by Dec. 12 for delivery by Dec. 24.

Holiday Card

Send warm winter wishes while warming hearts with Zoo holiday cards. Choose sets of cards featuring color photos of Zoo animals in winter scenes. The outside greeting reads “Holidays are a time to celebrate the world and all its creatures” and the inside reads “Happy Holidays to You and Yours.” A set of 12 cards and envelopes is $12.50 and is available at the Zoo, online at, or by phone at (314) 781-0900, ext. 4779. The holiday card uses FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) paper and eco-friendly inks.

Exclusive Zoo Ornament

Collect the Zoo’s limited edition, exclusive ornament featuring the California sea lion from the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. The glass ornament is sold for $15. Ornaments may be purchased at the Zoo, online at or by phone at (314) 781-0900, ext. 4779.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours Gift Certificates

Have you ever met a penguin, fed a giant tortoise, scratched a legless lizard? For the person who has everything, give a gift certificate for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo. Tours include Gentle Giants (giraffes), Leaping Lemurs, Snakes Alive, Penguin Encounter, Tour de Tortoise, Playful Primates, Big Cat Tales, Sea Lion Encounter, Botanical Wonders, Birds of a Feather, Chirping Cheetahs, Family Safari, Rhino Ramble, Creepy Crawlies and After School Zookeeper. Tours vary in price and have some restrictions. For tour gift certificates and reservations, call (314) 781-0900, ext. 4840.

Engineer for a Day Gift Certificates

Come aboard, and learn to be an Engineer for a Day! Ages 7-97 can work alongside an engineer and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a part of the Zooline Railroad at the Saint Louis Zoo. Participants will receive a nametag, Zoo bandana, engineer cap, certificate and lunch with a Zooline Railroad engineer. Prices are $125 for Zoo Friends members and $135 for non-members. For engineer gift certificates and reservations, call (314) 646-4771.

Wildlife Postage Stamp

A grrrrreat stocking stuffer! The U.S. Postal Service's new Save Vanishing Species postage stamp features an illustration of a tiger cub. For every stamp sold, 11 cents will directly benefit international wildlife conservation to save species such as rhinos, elephants, tigers, turtles and great apes. Stamps are 55 cents each or $11 for a sheet of 20. They are available for purchase at U.S. Post Office locations nationwide and online at

Animal Wish List

Treat the animals at the Zoo by sending them something they can sniff, stomp, chew or chase! Zookeepers create stimulating environments for animals through the use of enrichment. They introduce new foods, smells and other "toys" to provide the animals opportunities to engage in natural behaviors. Visit for their keeper-approved wish list.




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