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Posted by Candice Rennels on 07/16/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     July 15, 2013


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      Oklahoma City Zoo guests will be all smiles as they connect first hand with stingrays with the much anticipated opening of Stingray Bay on Monday, July 15, 2013. The Zoo’s exciting new experience allows guests to touch these incredible creatures as they “fly” and “glide” through the water. Occasionally, opportunities to feed the stingrays will be available. Stingray Bay showcases cownose stingrays, southern stingrays, bonnethead sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks in a beautiful 16,000-gallon saltwater pool located on the walkway between the Canopy Food Court and the upper level of Aquaticus.  Stingray Bay will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on late Saturdays through September 7.

       “We are excited to share Stingray Bay with our guests,” said Alan Varsik, Oklahoma City Zoo deputy director. “Part of the Zoo’s mission is to connect people to wildlife and, as we've seen with our other interactive animal opportunities, we hope Stingray Bay provides our guests with an experience they will remember for a lifetime.”

       Known for being a hardy species and gentle with people, stingrays were an ideal choice for the Zoo’s newest attraction. The Zoo is contracting Stingray Bay through Living Exhibits, a company with a long history for creating interactive stingray pools for zoos and aquariums.

       Related to sharks, stingrays are recognized by distinctive features including a flat body; long, pointed fins; and long, whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingray Bay, each stingray’s barb is carefully trimmed from their tail. The painless trimming procedure is similar to cutting human fingernails. Stingray Bay is safe for all ages and Experience Guides will be on hand daily to assist guests.

       The fee to enter Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. ZooFriends memberships do not apply. Feeding cups may be purchased for $2 per cup when available. Not all visitors will be able to feed the animals. Tickets valid for one entry per day. Purchase tickets upon your arrival to the Zoo's front gate or the Stingray Bay exhibit entrance.

       In celebration of Stingray Bay’s grand opening, News9, Oklahoma City Community College and the Zoo invite you to enter the Get Your Wave On! Stingray Bay Video Contest for a chance to win weekly prizes: OCCC tuition and ZooFriends Family memberships or the ultimate grand prize, a $1000 Visa gift card courtesy of OCCC. Grab your video camera or smart phone, get your family and friends or go it alone, and record your version of the Stingray Wave in a minute or less. Videos will be accepted July 15 through August 16, 2013. For additional details about the contest, instructions on how to submit your video and official rules, visit

       The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Now through August 25, the Zoo is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Morning Zoo Rise. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. The Zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through September 7 with buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



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