The World Bird Sanctuary is both a
unique St. Louis attraction and entertaining environmental education
opportunity. The World Bird Sanctuary is comprised of 305 acres of Missouri
hardwood forest and is next door to Lone Elk County Park and Chubb Trail.
With over 200 animals in its care, the World Bird Sanctuary offers a
one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to
preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of
threatened bird species in their natural environments and fulfills that
mission through education, captive breeding, field studies, and
rehabilitation. The World Bird Sanctuary is one of North America’s largest
facilities for the conservation of birds and is on the leading edge of
public awareness regarding the plight of bird species worldwide.
World Bird Sanctuary has a variety of venues from which view and learn about
its birds, mammals, and reptiles. Animals on display in the nature center
may include parrots from around the world (including the Thick Billed Parrot
- the only parrot native to the United States), snakes such as "Kahn", the
12 foot Albino Burmese Python, "Shuttle", the Russian Tortoise and "Inca",
the Guinea Pig. The viewing deck behind the Nature Center offers a chance to
see a variety of raptors from around the world enjoying their day in one of
the weathering areas. Along the drive near the nature center is a number of
outdoor enclosures which house a tremendous variety of eagles, owls, hawks,
falcons, vultures, and parrots. The World Bird Sanctuary features free
seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs, and picnic pavilions.
Visiting the World
8 am -
5 pm daily
The birds are generally on view by 10 am)
Closed Thanksgiving and
There is no charge to visit to visit the World Bird
Sorry, No Pets Allowed. It's
not that the Sanctuary is against pets, it's just that the
birds who cannot tell that if a dog on a leash and is not a
threat to them. They react to the perceived threat by flying
into the sides of their cages, hurting themselves.
Take I-44 past 1-270 going west towards Tulsa for approximately 3 miles,
start looking for the World Bird Sanctuary signs. Take Exit 272 onto
MO-141and stay right. At the light, turn right and immediately turn right
again. At the end of the exit is North Outer Road and a World Bird Sanctuary
sign. Turn left and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the main gate which is
across the road from Lone Elk Park.
Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
World Bird Sanctuary
- Use the official site of the World Bird Sanctuary
for answers to all
the questions you may have.