OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - On Thursday morning, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium CEO Dennis Pate held a press conference to unveil the zoo’s permanent display for its stingrays — Stingray Beach.
The indoor installation allows visitors firsthand contact with cownose stingrays which Pate said are best adapted to being handled and handfed.
At this time there are 31 Cownose rays and another eight that were born at the zoo that will be added later. Some Southern and Atlantic stingrays will also be added and will put the 75-foot pool’s population at about 50 animals total.
Pate said installation opens tomorrow to the public and is a permanent alternative to a temporary installation where the rays were once housed.
The stingray installation completes a 10-year master plan which includes the recently-completed Owen Sea Lion Shores exhibit.
Pate said the zoo hopes the attraction will help bring in revenue to keep the zoo moving forward and improving.
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