WHAT: The new Stingray Bay attraction at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium opens on Monday, June 18, 2012.
WHO: General Zoo guests and members of the media
WHEN: Stingray Bay will open to the public at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Located in Jungle Jack’s Landing, Stingray Bay features an 18,000-gallon saltwater pool with a waterfall and a wide ledge for toddlers to lean against.
Staff and volunteers will monitor the pool, inform guests on the best way to touch the animals and answer questions.
WHY: Stingray Bay is home to dozens of cownose and southern stingrays. Guests can experience stingrays up close and have the opportunity to touch these majestic animals as they glide gracefully through the water.
Stingrays are typically bottom feeders with molar-like teeth used to crush the shells of their prey such as crustaceans, mollusks and other invertebrates. These creatures have whip-like tails that contain a barb but are completely safe for guests of all ages since stingrays are docile and their barbs have been trimmed. This painless procedure is similar to cutting human fingernails.
Admission to Stingray Bay is free for Columbus Zoo Gold Members, $2 for Zoo Members and Zoombezi Bay passholders and $3 for General Admission. Guests may also have the chance to feed the animals at random times throughout the day for an additional fee of $2.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.