Stingray Bay coming to Kansas City Zoo May 2018

Visitors will be able to feel, feed animals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo wants you to “Reach out!  Reach out and touch someone!”

Well, to be more specific, reach out and touch a stingray!

Opening on May 18, the new Stingray Bay exhibit will give you the chance to touch a stingray…and, maybe even a shark!

The kidney bean-shaped touch tank is filled with 20,000 gallons of water.

The stingrays and sharks arrived last week and will be getting acclimated to the environment before opening day.

The outer edge is shallow and allows the “touchability.” The middle of the pool, however, is deeper and provides a place for the animals that choose not get all touchy-feely to swim.

As the zoo’s chief animal guy Sean Putney says, this is all about learning how important stingrays and sharks are to our world.

And, putting some myths to rest like how a stingray really stings…let’s just say it’s not at the tip of the tail.

Putney assured that no guests would be able to be stung in the exhibit.

So, mark your calendar for May 18 and head for the Stingray Bay!

It will be a “touching” experience.

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