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Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open through September, during Zoo hours.
Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo
All land sharks are welcome to come to the Zoo dressed as a shark during Shark Week and dip their hands into the water to touch the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 8, 2018 - Take a bite out of summer and celebrate the Saint Louis Zoo's annual Shark Week, July 8 - 14, 2018. The Zoo will celebrate Shark Awareness Day on Saturday, July 14.
All land sharks are welcome to join in the fun! Come to the Zoo dressed as a shark during Shark Week and get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids for free.
Visitors over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo's adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo's website.
Cownose rays and southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs, bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool located under the Edward Jones Pavilion at the Caribbean Cove.
Guests are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the animals to touch them. Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to feed the stingrays. These are hardy species that interact well with people in a safe and fun manner.
The 20-inch deep pool includes a waterfall and a state-of-the-art life support system. The pool also has solitary space and places for the animals to rest if they choose.
In addition to the stingrays, guests will have the chance to see and learn about bonnethead, white-spotted, and brown-banded bamboo sharks, all native to the Caribbean. Paying customers to the exhibit will be awarded an "I survived Shark Week" coupon, which will earn them 10 percent off at Ray's Bar & Grill and all Zoo gift shops on the day of their visit. Kids will receive a shark-themed activity guide to take home. On both Friday and Saturday, Swedish Fish Brand Ambassadors will be on-site handing out candy, while supplies last.
From 12 to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, feel the warm, soothing beat of the steel drum as you listen to the ethereal blend of calypso, reggae, bossa, Soca and Caribbean music with Lenny Frisch, playing music outside Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. Additionally, on the weekend, kids can join in shark-themed games and activities.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13, flit your fins with the Mighty Pines at the Jungle Boogie presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers concert at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.
Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 for non-members. Zoo Friends members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under age 2 are free. Purchase a one-day Adventure Pass for $12.95 and receive free admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Emerson Children's Zoo, Emerson Zooline Railroad, First Bank Sea Lion Show, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel and 4-D Theater. Admission is free to all exhibits from 8 to 9 a.m. in the summer.
The Saint Louis ZOO is home to more than 3,000 animals and features Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. Additional attractions include the Emerson Electric Children's Zoo, The Living World educational center, River's Edge, "Penguin & Puffin Coast," Monsanto Insectarium, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, sea lion shows and bird house.
Accent your office, restaurant, hotel or home with exciting images of St. Louis. For a fine art print of the 1904 World's Fair Bird Cage, see stlouisphotos.com
The World's Fair Flight Cage at the Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum, located north east of the Zoo, are the two structures remaining in Forest Park that were built for the 1904 World's Fair. Photos highlighting the 1904 World's Fair can be seen at the Missouri Historical Society, located in the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park.
Non-summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission to the Zoo is FREE. Parking on the Zoo's two lots is $15 per day. Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s is $30 and is available on the South Lot only. Some events and special programs may have an admission cost.
Note: Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on the Zoo grounds. There are picnic tables located in central areas at the Zoo. All major facilities are wheelchair accessible, as are most restrooms. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at The Living World and South Gate. Wheelchairs: $7 per day; motorized vehicles (limited number) available to those 18 years or older with a major credit card: $25 per day; single strollers are $7 per day; double strollers are $9 per day. For more information, please call 314-781-0900, 1-800-966-8877 or TDD: 314-768-5421.
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