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

Join an aquarist at the Minnesota Zoo for a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to learn about the daily routine caring for these unique cousins to the shark as well as learn how the Zoo cares for its large number of other fish and aquatic animals. Visit the behind-the-scenes aquatic animal care area, the prep kitchen, and go poolside above the Shark Reef tank in Discovery Bay.

From above the Shark Reef tank, hand feed our 5-foot Southern stingrays as well as many of our other fish. During this backstage experience you will also get an up close look at our rescued sea turtles and our large Sand Tiger sharks. This experience wouldn’t be complete without a special gift from one of our own sharks!

Accessibility: This program involves climbing a set of stairs. Also, to feed the rays, lying on your stomach is best, but optional. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at 952-431-9226.

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? Email or call 952.431.9390.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 11/23/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 12/14/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM