MEMPHIS, TENN. - Next spring, the Memphis Zoo will open an exciting interactive exhibit. Stingray Bay, featuring several species of stingrays and sharks, will be open March 9 through October 30, 2013, with a member preview beginning March 3.
The exhibit will allow visitors a unique, hands-on experience with marine wildlife, including stingrays and sharks. Zoo visitors will get to safely interact with the marine animals through touch. This is the first time that Memphis Zoo patrons have had the opportunity to directly interact with underwater creatures.
The Memphis Zoo is partnering with Living Exhibits, Inc., a company specializing in exhibits for various attractions throughout the country, including the St. Louis Zoo, Milwaukee Zoo, Dallas Zoo and many others.
"Our mission is to connect people with wildlife," said Chuck Brady, Memphis Zoo President. "What better way to connect them than having a hands-on teaching environment?"
Stingray Bay will feature a 17,000 gallon salt water pool. This large pool is designed for learning and visitor interaction with stingrays and sharks. Stingray Bay will house four different types of stingrays and sharks. Cownose rays, Southern Red stingrays, Bonnethead sharks and banded, or spotted, bamboo sharks will all be featured in the exhibit.
Companies, organizations and other groups will have the option to rent Stingray Bay and the surrounding area for private events.
"Our hope is that our members and new visitors will have an enhanced visit each time they come to the Memphis Zoo," Brady said. "An activity like Stingray Bay creates memories for families that are both fun and educational."
Admission to Stingray Bay will be $3 for Memphis Zoo members and $4 for nonmembers.
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