St. Louis Zoo

In a partnership spanning nearly 20 years, The Tilles Foundation has provided over $400,000 in grants to the St. Louis Zoo. 

The St. Louis Zoo, its visitors and students around the world, have greatly benefited from the longstanding Tilles Foundation partnership, which has gone to support a variety of projects and programs focused on accessibility and inclusion for all Zoo visitors.

Most notably, the specialized accessibility cars on each Zoo Train and accessibility ramps at each of the Zooline Railroad stations are evidence of the influence of The Tilles Foundation. This has provided the opportunity for many Zoo visitors with mobility and accessibility challenges to enjoy a train ride around the Zoo with friends and family since 2000.

Additionally, the Tilles Foundation provided a grant to enhance disability access through the installation of power-assist doors on Historic Hill—The Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, Peabody Hall, the Primate House and Jungle of the Apes, which allows for all visitors, regardless of ability, to enjoy and learn about the animals at the Zoo.

The Tilles Foundation’s commitment to education is creating lifelong memories. The Foundation’s support of the Zoo’s Education Department and its Outreach Programs allows underserved children and adults with special needs to interact with live animals.

The impact of The Tilles Foundation extends far beyond the walls of the Zoo. Most recently, the Zoo was able to create, construct and outfit a stand-alone Distance Learning studio in the Education Department. This studio allows Zoo educators access to professional equipment and the ability to share their message of conservation with children and students across the United States as well as in Canada, South America, Africa and Asia.

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