Every year, the St. Louis Zoo gets job applications that include childhood photos with goats. The goats in the Children’s Zoo are where the applicants say they developed a love of animals.
“That always gets me,” Alice Seyfried, the curator of the Children’s Zoo, told the Post-Dispatch in 2018. “That just makes me realize how much the goat yard affects children. It’s a really happy spot, I think.”
On Thursday, the St. Louis Zoo announced that it will close the Children’s Zoo this fall. The attraction has been a zoo mainstay for more than 50 years.
It’s evolved and expanded, and brushing and petting goats were just one part of it. Children could climb on a giant rope spiderweb, watch river otters slide into the water, pet a guinea pig, applaud during an animal show at the amphitheater and wish for clothes for the naked mole rats.
Readers reacted strongly to the news of the Children’s Zoo’s closing, and we’d like to hear from more of you. What do you most remember about the Children’s Zoo? Did it help develop your love of animals? Do you have pictures to share?
Help the memories last forever by submitting your photos and stories about the zoo. We'll share our favorites in a gallery at STLtoday.com.