Feed one of the largest stingrays in the United States in one of the Zoo’s most thrilling Backstage Pass programs!

Backstage with Sharks and Rays photo

Join an aquarist at the Minnesota Zoo for a rare opportunity to actually feed our 7-foot stingrays yourself, from above the Shark Reef tank in Discovery Bay. You’ll go behind-the-scenes as aquarists feed our fish, sharks, sea turtles, and rays, to help the keepers feed our fish and give the stingrays their meal by hand! Not only will you finally know what a sting ray feels like, you’ll also get an up close look at our rescued sea turtles and our large Sand Tiger sharks.

During this fascinating backstage experience you’ll meet our amazing aquarist staff and learn all about their daily routine caring for our rays (unique cousins of the sharks) and many other marine species, as well as their behavior, training, and conservation. You’ll leave with a special gift from one of our own sharks. This program is perfect for anyone interested in marine biology, any animal lovers, or anyone interested in a thrilling new experience. A great way to see the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before!

Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Date: offered on selected Saturdays
Age: minimum 8 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $100 per person
Group Size: Maximum of four participants, smaller groups may be combined.
(Specific animal interactions are always based on the animal’s own choice to participate.)

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Call 952.431.9390.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 03/04/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 04/01/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 05/06/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 05/20/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 06/03/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 06/17/2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM