Fort Worth Zoo opens Stingray Cove interactive exhibit

What has a tail, and wings, but swims underwater? The newest residents at the Fort Worth Zoo.

The Zoo announced March 26 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. 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.”

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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.