This is the biggest thing to happen to St. Louis since the Gateway Arch.
Opening in 2027, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park will bring a safari-like experience to Missouri. Located in Spanish Lake, the $230 million project will be neighbors to St. Louis' famous sunflower fields at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.
The 425-acre park will house a mix of endangered and non-endangered species, although the Saint Louis Zoo says
that "endangered species were given the highest priority during selection."
The space might host giraffes, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, white rhinos, ostriches and many more kinds of animals.
Visitors can enjoy a multitude of experiences on site including a range of safari options (including a walking safari), visit a "zooseum" (an indoor zoo-museum-science center), glamping, or even visiting the safari observation tower, located eleven stories up in the air and offering 360-degree views of WildCare Park and the Missouri-Mississippi River Confluence.
Animals will begin to arrive next year to try out the "pilot pasture."