Plans for St. Louis Zoo Railroad

On January 27, 1963, plans were made for a miniature railroad in the St. Louis Zoo. 

Debut of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

On January 6, 1963, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom debuts. Marlin Perkins became a household name across America thanks to the popularity of his wildlife show. Perkins was born in Carthage, educated at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, and later studied at Mizzou.

Cursing Parrot

On November 11, 1930 newspapers were reporting that the new parrot at the St. Louis Zoo was cursing visitors and telling them to go to Hell. He would be removed from display. 

Halloweekends and Zootoberfest are free in St. Louis

Three special events at the St. Louis Zoo include Zootoberfest, with beer trailers and German food, and then three weekends of festive Halloween decorations throughout the zoo. Find out about Boo at the Zoo, too.

June 13, 1921

On this date in Missouri history, the famous bear pits at the St. Louis Zoo were opened for public view.

December 31, 1928

Marlin Perkins, host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and director of the St. Louis Zoo, was bitten by a Gaboon viper and became one of only a few people to ever survive such a bite. 

Young girl views a hippopotamus at the St. Louis Zoo.

December 2, 1913

On this date in Missouri history: St. Louis Mayor Kiel signed an ordinance establishing a zoo in St. Louis in Forest Park. The idea was almost killed because of a lawn-mowing dispute.