Monday, June 30, 2014

#148: Saint Louis Zoo

Besides the St. Louis Science Center, the Magic House and some others, this is arguably one of the most prominent family attractions in St. Louis. Without question, this is one of the last few free zoos in the United States. Donors and organizations continue to keep the place looking alive and well. Located at the southern part of Forest Park, families, friends or just plain tourists and natural folks can explore this popular zoo.

The St. Louis Zoo is home to more than 18,000 exotic animals, of all kinds. A lot of them are, unfortunately, on the endangered list. Still, the animals are well taken care of and the public has their chance to view them while they can. Also, more than 700 different species are being exhibited in the zoo. The animals are represented from most continents and places around the globe.

As mentioned, above, zoo admission is FREE. However, some places within the zoo charge a fee. You've probably heard the old saying: 'Sure its free. But everything else costs an arm and a leg...'. Not necessarily true. There are places to park for free (just walk a little farther), but if you want to park close to, say, the south entrance (where the cake is located), plan on forking over 15 dollars.
The Saint Louis Zoo's south entrance
The famous 'Zoo sign' as seen from Turtle Park (across I-64/Hwy. 40)
The cake, which no surprise here, features animals: (sorry, I wasn't able to get the back!)
Left side of the cake

Right side of the cake
Saint Louis Zoo on FB
Wikipedia link
Official website

1 Government Dr., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63110
Cake artist: Gregory A. Linton

The cake was sold on 1/1/2015 for $610 in the biddingforgood auction.

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