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Holiday Gifts Ideas from The Saint Louis Zoo

Holiday Gifts Ideas from The Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is offering an exclusive gift guide for the 2018 holiday season. Proceeds from all sales benefit the animals and programs of the Zoo. stlzoo.org/holiday

Treetop Shop in The Living World at the Zoo’s North Entrance is all decked out for the holidays from Nov. 14 through Dec. 24 during Zoo hours. The gift shop offers animal-related clothing, plush animals, toys, books, home décor and many items only available at the Saint Louis Zoo. Numerous wildlife and nature-themed ornaments from a Fair Trade Federation company adorn trees throughout the store.

Zoo Parents Holiday Adoption

Adopt a red panda from the Zoo for someone on your gift list. The proud Zoo Parent will receive a plush red panda (while supplies last) with a commemorative tag, personalized adoption certificate, color photo with animal facts, car decal, invitation to the annual Zoo Parents Picnic and the recipient’s name on the Zoo’s Donor Wall and website for one year.

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The holiday adoption is $45-50, including shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental United States. Proceeds go directly toward the care and feeding of the animals. Order adoptions online at stlzoo.org/holidayadoption, by phone at (314) 646-4771 or in person at Zoo Welcome Desks. Place orders by Dec. 7 for delivery by Dec. 24.

Holiday Gift Membership

A Saint Louis Zoo gift membership includes presents big and small and can be used all year long. A $70 Zoo-Goer membership includes six free parking passes, free passes for the Emerson Zooline Railroad, Emerson Children’s Zoo and First Bank Sea Lion Show, as well as Zoo discounts, stlzoo member magazine, e-newsletter and more. The membership includes a collectible Grevy’s zebra ornament available only with holiday gift memberships (while supplies last). Other membership levels are available. Order memberships online at stlzoo.org/holidaymembership, by phone at (314) 646-4771 or in person at Zoo Welcome Desks. Place orders by Dec. 7 for delivery by Dec. 24.

Exclusive Zoo Ornament

Collect the Zoo’s 2018 limited edition holiday ornament featuring a cheetah from the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel. The glass ornament is sold for $15. Ornaments may be purchased at the Zoo, or by phone at (314) 781-0900, ext. 4779, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 24 (while supplies last). Check website for online ordering availability.

Zoo Gift Cards

Not sure what to give a Zoo fan? Let them choose with a Zoo gift card! Gift cards can be redeemed for souvenirs and merchandise at Zoo gift shops, food and drinks, Adventure Passes, year-long memberships, admission to rides and attractions, and more (some exceptions apply). Gift cards can be purchased in any amount up to $500 ($5 minimum) at the Welcome Desks and Rentals Desks at both Zoo entrances and at all Zoo gift shops, or by calling (314) 781-0900, ext. 4779. More information available at stlzoo.org/giftcard.  

Behind-the-Scenes Tours Gift Certificates

For the person who has everything, give a gift certificate for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo. Get a peek at what it’s like to be a zookeeper and see the animals up close and personal. Tours vary in price and have some restrictions. For tour gift certificates and reservations, call (314) 646-4840. Visit stlzoo.org/tours for more information. Purchase gift certificates via phone by Dec. 12 for delivery by Dec. 24.

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 stlzoo.org/wishlist for their keeper-approved wish list.

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