Sponsored by the Kansas City Zoo

How do you think a stingray feels? Slippery like soap? Scratchy like a tree trunk? There's only one way to find out—at the Kansas City Zoo’s new touch tank, Stingray Bay. The new exhibit opens to the public May 18, 2018.

Stingray Bay will offer guests the opportunity to dip their hands into a shallow pool and discover the unique texture and movement of both cownose and southern stingrays.  In addition to stingrays, the tank will also be home to one of the smallest species of sharks: white-spotted bamboo sharks.

Stingray Bay is free with Zoo admission and will be open year-round. The sides of the building will be opened during the hotter months of the year while overhead fans will keep the exhibit cooled for guests. Visitors will have a place to retreat from the cold during cooler months and enjoy a fun, hands-on experience with some of our underwater creatures.

Daily keeper chats will help guests better understand these amazing animals and how they are an important part of the ocean ecosystems. We will also offer opportunities each day to feed the animals for a small additional charge. 

Stingray Bay’s touch tank will contain about 20,000 gallons of salt water. However, one of the exhibit’s most important features will be located behind the scenes. A state-of-the-art water filtration system will ensure that the tank’s water stays clean and clear, providing a healthy habitat for its new inhabitants.

Plan your visit today and splash into fun this summer at the Kansas City Zoo!


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