MEMPHIS, TENN. – Stingray Bay returns to the Memphis Zoo Saturday, March 1. This year, there is more to love. Stingray Bay is now home to several new cownose stingray babies.
The babies, also called pups, will be on exhibit in a nursery section of the 17,000 gallon saltwater pool. The pups, all born since the beginning of the year, are all doing well.
“Visitors are going to be just as excited as we are about these additions to the collection,” said Erin Mayall of Living Exhibits. “Over the winter there were several successful births, and the pups are doing well in their nurseries. Seeing stingray babies is truly a special opportunity for Zoo guests.”
The exhibit allows 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.
Stingray Bay houses two different types of stingrays, Cownose stingrays and Southern stingrays. It also includes three different species of sharks, including Bonnethead sharks, brown-banded bamboo sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks, that will be featured in the exhibit.
The Memphis Zoo has partnered with Living Exhibits, Inc., a company specializing in exhibits for various attractions throughout the country, including the St. Louis Zoo, Milwaukee Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo and many others.
Admission to Stingray Bay will be $3 for Memphis Zoo members and $4 for nonmembers. The exhibit will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission at 5:30 p.m. Feeding cups are available for $2 per cup. Feeding times will vary. Not all visitors will be able to feed.
Kroger is the presenting sponsor for this exhibit and will be offering a discounted combination ticket in each of its stores. Nonmembers will receive a 20% discount on Zoo admission, plus a ticket to Stingray Bay. Members can purchase Stingray Bay tickets at the Zoo, and as always, receive free Zoo admission.
For more information on Living Exhibits, Inc., visit http://www.livingexhibits.com/.
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