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Zootoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 15, 2019 - Families can enjoy a Zoo-themed, family-friendly Oktoberfest at the Zoo, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m. - 3 pm..
The event includes fall-related kids' games and crafts; live music; German specialty food for purchase; and German bars serving a variety of beers (ages 21 and older), root beer and other soft drinks. An exclusive Zootoberfest beer stein with discounts for refills will be available for purchase (while supplies last).
Saturday, Oct. 5 - Terry Thompson's Bavarian Stompers
Sunday, Oct. 6 - Joe Pollach's St. Louis Express
Sunday, Oct. 12 - Terry Thompson's Bavarian Stompers
Sunday, Oct. 13 - Good Times Polka Band
Admission to the Zoo and Zootoberfest is free. The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Zoo exhibits and attractions will be open during Zootoberfest.
Saint Louis Zoo Has Unique Shade Solar Canopy
The solar panel shade canopy, officially called Williams Family Solar Pavilion, provides shelter for a 2,200-square-foot dining area at a prominent location in the zoo. Image courtesy St. Louis Zoo >>>
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 8, 2019 - KAI Design has created a unique solar canopy for the Saint Louis Zoo that provides much-needed shade for visitors, absorbs light and generates power.
The solar panel shade canopy, officially called Williams Family Solar Pavilion, provides shelter for a 2,200-square-foot dining area at a prominent location in the zoo. During the planning process for a retail renewal program in the heart of the zoological park, the project team recognized an opportunity to greatly expand the amount of sheltered outdoor dining area.
"The prominence of the location presented a unique opportunity and demanded ambitious aesthetic goals," said Carl Karlen, Design Principal at KAI and Senior Designer on the project. "The canopy overlooking the central lagoon is highly visible to the millions of annual visitors, many of whom will sit in its shade enjoying their meals. It will also host important after-hours events as a source of additional revenue. The generosity of a sponsor elevated the possibilities for a distinctive architectural solution adding to the fabric of the historic and varied campus."
Discussions on sustainability and LEED certification goals yielded the decision to include electrical power generated on-site from a solar power array. Design challenges included integration of technical requirements and aesthetics of the solar array itself (a steep 20-degree panel slope, exposed wiring and connections and an industrial appearance).
"The strategic location of the structure was selected to avoid disruption to seating and other uses," said Karlen. "LEED requirements for power generation and lighting spillover, and harmonization of the new structure with the existing naturalistic context were also considered."
The final architectural design allowed for inclusion of extensive custom artwork engraved into the Corten steel structure, which features aquatic life located throughout the park.
Power UP installed the panels and KAI Build was the general contractor on the project.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove at the Saint Louis Zoo
Stingrays glide through a glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool at Caribbean Cove. Archived © www.slfp.com photo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) -
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is open at the Saint Louis Zoo through Oct. 31, 2019.
Cownose rays and southern stingrays, along with bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool located under the Edward Jones Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the animals to touch them. There will be opportunities throughout the day 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. Zoo interpreters and educators will be on hand to help visitors and to share information about the animals, sustainable seafood and ocean conservation.
Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up. Children under age 2 are free. Zoo members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Food for feeding stingrays is $1 per cup.
Visitors can enjoy a full day at the Zoo with all the amenities for just $12.95 with the Adventure Pass and receive free admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other attractions. Groups of 15 or more may call (314) 646-4718 in advance for group discounts.
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 Centene Grizzly Ridge, McDonnell Polar Bear Point, Sea Lion Sound, 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.
A 19' high bronze "Reaching Elephant" sculpture, by sculptor Kent Ullberg, welcomes visitors at the new South Entrance to the St. Louis Zoo.
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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