A new aquatic exhibit coming to the Assiniboine Park Zoo this summer will feature stingrays.
Stingray Beach will be on display in a new rotating exhibit gallery in advance of Victoria Day long weekend.
The exhibit will open May 16 and be home to cownose and southern stingrays.
“Stingray Beach will offer zoo visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy an up-close and interactive experience with these amazing marine animals,” said Dr. Chris Enright, director of veterinary services and animal welfare.
“This will be an exciting addition for Zoo visitors and gives us the opportunity to expand our conservation messaging to include the health of our oceans and aquatic wildlife.”
The stingrays will be housed in a shallow 1,300 square foot pool. Visitors will have the opportunity to touch the stingrays. Rays are typically docile creatures and seem to enjoy human interaction, though the animals always have the choice to swim away if they don’t want contact.
Visitors who wish to feed the stingrays can participate in an optional feeding experience offered three times daily for an additional cost.
Assiniboine Park Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.