Photo Gallery | Interactive stingray, shark exhibit opening at Memphis Zoo
A new exhibit at the Memphis Zoo involves several species of stingrays and sharks while providing patrons with an interactive experience.
Stingray Bay will allow visitors a unique, hands-on experience with marine wildlife.
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.
"Our mission is to connect people with wildlife," said Memphis Zoo President Chuck Brady.
"What better way to connect them than having a hands-on teaching environment?" he continued.
Stingray Bay will feature a 17,000 gallon salt water pool.
The Stingray Bay exhibit will be in the old rides area across from Penguin Rock.
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 shark.
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. An activity like Stingray Bay creates memories for families that are both fun and educational," Brady said.
The new exhibit is scheduled to open March 9, 2013 through October 30, 2013, with a member preview beginning March 3.
Admission to Stingray Bay will be $3 for Memphis Zoo members and $4 for nonmembers.