Established in 1910, Saint Louis Zoo is located in St. Louis, Missouri. The zoo is believed to be the first in the world that a community supported by passing a mill tax. The zoo's mission is to appreciate and conserve animals and their habitats through educational and recreational experiences, research and animal management. The zoological park is divided into six zones: River's Edge, The Wild, Discovery Corner, Historic Hill, Red Rocks and Lakeside Crossing. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 led to the formation of St. Louis Zoological Society in 1910, which began the gradual process to establish the zoological park. A 77-acre parcel in Forest Park was set aside by the City of St. Louis. From its inception, the zoo saw steady growth:
Saint Louis Zoo is a place of science, learning and education that houses more than 9,200 animals of some 800 species. It organizes various programs for individuals, families, school groups and educators. It also operates a veterinary hospital and a research department.