Mini Poll: Zoo Who?

How often do you visit the St. Louis Zoo these days?

Many times a year:
 39%
Several times a year:
 21%
Several times over the past few years:
 27%
Hardly ever:
 12%
I never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 2%

City Residents

Many times a year:
 32%
Several times a year:
 20%
Several times over the past few years:
 33%
Hardly ever:
 13%
I never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 2%

STL County Residents

Many times a year:
 51%
Several times a year:
 19%
Several times over the past few years:
 21%
Hardly ever:
 8%
I never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 1%

Somewhere Else Residents

Many times a year:
 31%
Several times a year:
 28%
Several times over the past few years:
 22%
Hardly ever:
 17%
I never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 2%

How often would you visit the St. Louis Zoo if general admission weren't free?

More often:
 3%
Less often:
 51%
About the same:
 43%
I will never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 4%

City Residents

More often:
 2%
Less often:
 48%
About the same:
 48%
I will never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 3%

STL County Residents

More often:
 3%
Less often:
 51%
About the same:
 41%
I will never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 4%

Somewhere Else Residents

More often:
 3%
Less often:
 62%
About the same:
 30%
I will never visit the St. Louis Zoo:
 4%

How familiar are you with the St. Louis Zoo's expansion plans?

Very familiar:
 35%
Somewhat familiar:
 49%
Not familiar at all:
 16%

Do you think that the St. Louis Zoo should charge admission to visitors who are not residents of St. Louis City or St. Louis County?

Yes:
 34%
No:
 66%

City Residents

Yes:
 42%
No:
 58%

STL County Residents

Yes:
 33%
No:
 67%

Somewhere Else Residents

Yes:
 18%
No:
 82%

Do you feel the same way about admission policies at other Zoo Museum District-funded institutions, like the Art Museum and the Science Center?

Yes, it is OK to charge admission to visitors who are not residents of St. Louis City or St. Louis County:
 36%
Yes, admission should be free to all:
 34%
No, it is OK to charge admission to visitors who are not residents of St. Louis City or St. Louis County:
 7%
No, admission should be free to all:
 24%

How do you rate the St. Louis Zoo's exhibits among those in other zoos you have visited?

St. Louis Zoo is one of the best:
 82%
Some other zoos are much better:
 10%
All zoos are pretty much alike:
 2%
I've never been to another zoo:
 5%
I've never been to the St. Louis Zoo:
 1%

Which of the following is your favorite St. Louis Zoo exhibit?

Penguin & Puffin Coast:
 18%
Fragile Forest:
 3%
River's Edge:
 22%
Parking Lot:
 1%
Sea Lion Sound:
 18%
Insectarium:
 3%
Bird House:
 5%
Caribbean Cove:
 8%
Herpetarium:
 3%
Primate House:
 5%
Big Cat Country:
 15%

Of the following types of animals at the St. Louis Zoo, which are your favorites?

Monkeys and apes:
 13%
Big Cats, like lions and tigers:
 30%
Tapir:
 1%
Elephants:
 13%
Stingrays:
 2%
People:
 5%
Anteaters, sloths, and armadillos:
 1%
Animals with hoofs, like zebras and antelope:
 5%
Bears:
 7%
Penguins:
 9%
Anything new-born:
 6%
Something else:
 8%

Considering range of selections, quality, and price, how do you rate the food options at the St. Louis Zoo?

Great choices, great prices:
 36%
Great choices, bad prices:
 30%
Bad choices, great prices:
 3%
Bad choices, bad prices:
 13%
I've never been to the St. Louis Zoo:
 0%
I've never eaten anything at the St. Louis Zoo:
 17%

How do you rate the Zoo as the place for a first date?

It's great:
 53%
It's great, unless my date is allergic to zebras:
 10%
I think I'd be better off going to a nice restaurant or a movie:
 11%
It's been so long since I dated, I have no idea:
 26%

Which of the following do you think is the most important reason for zoos to exist?

To educate us about animals and the places they live:
 57%
To protect endangered or other threatened species of animals:
 38%
To entertain us:
 3%
There is no important reason for zoos to exist:
 2%

Do you think that visiting properly accredited zoos and aquariums helps people appreciate animals and fish more?

Yes:
 95%
No:
 5%

Do you think that visiting accredited zoos and aquariums encourages people to learn more about animals and fish?

Yes:
 94%
No:
 6%

Do you think that the St. Louis Zoo takes better care of its animals than do most circuses?

Zoo takes better care of its animals:
 72%
Circuses take better care of their animals:
 0%
About the same: both good:
 13%
About the same: both bad:
 1%
I don't really know:
 14%

How much money did you donate last year to animal conservation/protection efforts?

More than a hundred dollars:
 37%
Less than a hundred dollars:
 30%
Nothing:
 32%

City Residents

More than a hundred dollars:
 34%
Less than a hundred dollars:
 27%
Nothing:
 39%

STL County Residents

More than a hundred dollars:
 48%
Less than a hundred dollars:
 28%
Nothing:
 25%

Somewhere Else Residents

More than a hundred dollars:
 25%
Less than a hundred dollars:
 43%
Nothing:
 32%

BONUS QUESTION:
If you had to replace your television next week with a live web-cam feed from a single location, which of the following spots would you select?

The Zoo's Jungle of the Apes exhibit:
 43%
The patio at The Royale:
 5%
The green room at The Pageant:
 10%
Room 200 of City Hall:
 17%
The candy making table at Crown Candy Kitchen:
 6%
The brewing room at Schlafly's Tap Room:
 5%
An operating room at Saint Louis University Hospital:
 13%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.