Stingrays at Caribbean Cove
Open through October 3, 2021

Watch, touch and occasionally feed the unique and fascinating stingrays, as they glide through a warm saltwater pool. The sharks are a little too shy for petting, but you may be lucky enough to have one touch you briefly as it swims by.

Located under a large pavilion near Lakeside Cafe these ocean animals swim through a 17,000-gallon pool complete with waterfall and a lush surrounding landscape.

Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove

Zoo Hours and Zoo Reservations (required to visit)

All guests, including Zoo members, must now make free, timed reservations prior to visiting the Saint Louis Zoo. A Zoo reservation does not include tickets to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove.

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  • You'll be surprised at how gentle and graceful the animals are in the water, as they swim past and under your hands. Our stingrays can't sting you. At the Zoo, the stingrays' barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped. Staff monitor the stingrays throughout the season to ensure that the barbs stay neatly trimmed.

    Zoo interpreters will be on hand to assist visitors and share information on the animals and ocean conservation.

    It's a Ray's Life

    Cownose rays and southern stingrays are related to sharks and skates. They have a flat body, long pointed fins and a long whip-like tail. Stingrays are known for their stinger, but they are actually very docile creatures. Learn more about stingray anatomy.

  • Bamboo sharks, such as the white-spotted bamboo and brown-banded bamboo, are known as "cat sharks" because the barbels, or sensory organs, near their mouths resemble cat whiskers. The bonnethead shark is the smallest member of the hammerhead family. These sharks have semi-circular shaped heads resembling a shovel or bonnet. See shark school to learn more about sharks.

    The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length and are bottom-dwelling species that prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates. Our visitors will not be feeding the sharks, but there may be opportunities to touch the sharks as they swim by.

  • Though the cownose rays and southern stingrays are not currently endangered in the wild, other species of stingrays are. Stingrays and other ocean animals are often accidentally caught during commercial fishing for other fish. It's important that consumers purchase seafood from suppliers that farm or fish in ways that will ensure the long-term health of the world's oceans, rivers and lakes. Our stingrays and sharks eat fish that are from sustainable sources, and so should you!

    Here are some other ways that you can make a difference for ocean inhabitants and all animals:

    • Dispose of waste properly and avoid using plastic bags -- it can all end up in the ocean by floating down rivers and streams.
    • Conserve water and energy use.
    • Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and glass.
    • Reduce the amount of chemicals used on lawn and garden.
    • In your community, promote ride share or bike programs, change zoning laws or start a community garden.
    • See more do-it-yourself conservation tips.

    You are invited to join the Zoo in helping take care of the planet. Your visit to the Zoo is the first step. Together we can make big changes!

  • The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation in support of their Seafood WatchSM Program. Download their Midwest Seafood Watch card or mobile app for a list of recommended seafood choices (and those that are not recommended). Cards are also available to pick up at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. Seafood WatchSM is a registered servicemark of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation.

     

    Download the Seafood Watch app for your mobile device.
    Seafood WatchSM is a Monterey Bay Aquarium Program

     


  • Animal and veterinary care for the stingrays is supervised by a full-time exhibit supervisor and an assistant exhibit supervisor from Living Exhibits, a Las Vegas-based corporation that produces and manages interactive exhibits for zoos, aquariums and museums.

Extra Programs

Sign up for one of these fun educational programs and spend more times with the stingrays and sharks!

  • Get even closer to the stingrays and sharks! Help care for the animals in this exclusive experience for adults 18 and up. Make enrichment for our rays, learn what it takes to care for these special animals, and have an opportunity to be in the pool for an up-close ray interaction (at the keeper's discretion).

    Learn more and sign up!

  • Learn from the best what it takes to be an aquatics keeper! Jump right in with preparing diets for the animals, help maintain the exhibit, and share your newfound knowledge with Zoo guests. 

    Find out more and sign up!

    See this story from KSDK Show Me St. Louis.

     

  • Dive deeper into the science and career of an aquatics keeper.  In this follow-up to A Day with the Rays, you will continue building your knowledge by participating in animal husbandry duties. 

    Learn more and sign up!