Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park

Located in North County’s Spanish Lake area, WildCare Park will be a destination for free-roaming wildlife, conservation, and outdoor adventure for the public.

“We decided on Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park as it hits on three aspects that are key to the use of this campus: wildlife, conservation and public experience.”

Dr. Jeffrey Bonner and Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo

Set to open as early as 2026, WildCare Park will provide residents from north St. Louis County and surrounding areas, as well as tourists far and wide with the opportunity to connect with nature through outdoor activities, attractions, and wilderness adventure. It is expected to drive foot traffic and tourism, improving economic development, customers for surrounding businesses, and advance positive public perception of the area.

“Imagine, if you can, coming upon a herd of giraffe walking across the grasslands or rhinos surrounding your vehicle. Visitors might find themselves silently kayaking up to unwary zebra or disembarking the safari truck for a truly close-up experience.”

Dr. Jeffrey Bonner

Guests will be able to participate in a fully immersive outdoor experience, consisting of a safari adventure through herds of free-roaming animals over gently rolling grassy meadows and through native forests. Those who want the ultimate outdoor experience will be able to spend the night on the property camping, or “glamping,” which is glamorous or luxurious camping at its finest.

“This immersive indoor and outdoor journey through nature will combine all the best elements of zoos, science centers, and natural history museums – bridging the city of St. Louis to the natural world like never before.”

Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman

Along with this fantastic public experience, WildCare Park also will be home to the Kent Family Conservation and Animal Science Center, made possible by the Judy and Jerry Kent family. Here, conservationists will work to sustain populations of endangered species, conduct research and engage in applied conservation programs.