Stingrays return! Exhibit opens at St. Louis Zoo

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(KTVI) -  As of April 18, St. Louis Zoo guests will be able to dip their hands into the water and touch the stingrays.

Hannah Petri from the Zoo told John Pertzborn about the St. Louis Zoo's new exhibit, "Stingrays at Caribbean Cove."

Stingrays have flat bodies, long pointed fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped.

Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to feed the stingrays. Stingray feedings are $1.00 per cup. The exhibit is presented by Mercy Kids.

Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove: $4 per person, children under age two are free. Purchase a one-day Safari Pass for $12 and receive free admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other attractions. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1.00 per cup.

Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open April 18 through September 28, 2014, during Zoo hours. The Zoo's spring hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 22.
Visitors will not be feeding the sharks, but they will be able to touch the sharks as they swim by.