Zoo's Shark Week takes a bite out of summer

Zoo's Shark Week takes a bite out of summer

FOREST PARK – If you’re looking for something fun to do this week, the Saint Louis Zoo invites you to join them in celebrating Shark Week. The festivities kicked off Sunday and run though Saturday, July 20. 

In partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo is hoping to inspire more people to join their efforts in protecting the world’s oceans. This includes working closely with other organizations to help save sharks and stingrays around the world.

If you really want to take a bite out of summer, show up dressed as a shark.  This week only, anyone who stops by the zoo in their best shark costume will be given free access to the popular exhibit Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. 

“We’re going to have a few tables out with some activities and information about sharks, why they’re important to the environment and how we at the zoo care for our ocean friends,” said Hannah Petri, Director of Docents and Interpreters.

“If you come down to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove you’ll see lots of people in green shirts. There are educators down at the pool, and they are knowledgeable and passionate. They’re there to help make sure the safety of any animals are secure as well as the safety of our visitors,” Petri went on to say.

Beginning at noon on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, visitors can hear the smooth sound of steel drums with live Caribbean music by Mango Jay. 

Children can have fun playing shark-themed games and activities. Swedish Fish brand ambassadors will also be part of the festivities, giving away candy on Friday and Saturday, while supplies last.

On Friday evening at 5 p.m, the Zydeco Crawdaddys will perform at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the zoo as part of the free Jungle Boogie concert series.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.