STINGRAY COVE OPENS AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO
March 26, 2019
What has a tail, and wings, but swims underwater? The newest residents at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Zoo announced today the grand opening of Stingray Cove, an all-new interactive exhibit where guests can get up close to and touch a variety of stingrays and small sharks as they swim through the shallow saltwater pool. As an added bonus, guests can also feed the rays.
The new pool is populated by two stingray species – cownose rays and southern stingrays – and three species of shark – the bonnethead shark, the brown-banded bamboo shark and the white-spotted bamboo shark.
“We gave our spring break guests a sneak peek at the exhibit, and the overwhelming response was great excitement,” said Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoo executive director. “These kinds of encounters help foster a connection to animals and build awareness of how we can care for them in the wild.”
The covered exhibit is built on one of the Zoo’s event sites and is accessible to the public during regular Zoo hours. Admission is $5 ($4 for Zoo members) and covers all day entry, allowing guests to come and go throughout their same-day stay.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in North America by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 family attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a Top 10 Zoo or Aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. Home to more than 7,000 animals, the Zoo is in the second of a four-phase, $100-million master plan. The first phase, African Savanna, opened in April 2018. The second, Elephant Springs, will open in 2020. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than one million visitors a year.