Stingray Cove™ is produced by Living Exhibits, a Scottsdale, Arizona based company that designs, builds and manages interactive Stingray and Shark exhibits for zoos and aquariums throughout North America. Founded in 2005, Living Exhibits has produced more than 20 aquatic exhibits and have provided memorable experiences to more than 9 million visitors.
Our animal collection includes Cownose Rays, Southern Stingrays, and Bamboo Sharks. In addition to design, construction and start-up, our staff provides all husbandry and life-support functions while the host zoo or aquarium provides crowd control and poolside guest interpretation and animal/visitor oversight. Most, but not all of our exhibits are seasonal, operating between April and October. We provide animal transportation between our holding facilities and your zoo or aquarium.
Stingray Cove provides a strong return on investment for zoos and aquarium with annual visitation of one million guests or more.
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Stingray Cove exhibits are certified by American Humane. Our exhibits are regularly inspected by subject matter experts.
Stingray Cove provides your guests with an amazing interactive animal experience.
Animal Welfare is the backbone of our animal care program. We maintain a rigorous Body Condition Scoring program and insure our exhibits meet the needs of the animals first.
Our standard exhibits are 50’ long X 25’ wide with an irregular shape allowing animals maximum linear perimeter for interactions and ample resting and “hanging out” space in the center pool area.
Pool walls are designed so that little guests can lay on the perimeter wall and hands in the water while their center of gravity “butt and legs” are on the outside of the pool.
The pool perimeter for our standard exhibit is 145 linear feet. On the average, we allow 24” per person along the pool wall which provides for a capacity of approximately 75 visitors at poolside. The average stay time at poolside is 15 minutes which work out to a little under 300 visitors per hour.
Living Exhibits provides a robust life support system with redundant systems and intuitive alarming systems. Our LSS is comprised of multiple sand and gravel filters, carbon contact systems, Protein Fractionation and a Moveable BioBed. Additionally, we utilize UV and Ozone contact processes. Salt mixing is done in our 1000 gallon reservoirs. For temperature management we utilize 15-ton heat pumps for chilling and separate heater/boilers.
Our life support system has water flow, temperature, power and other sensors located throughout the system to monitor key water parameters and notify staff immediately when those parameters are outside of norms.
Living Exhibits staff works with our veterinary, curatorial and husbandry management team to insure proper care and welfare for our entire animal collection. We provide barb trimming as necessary to insure a safe experience for guest and animals.
Living Exhibits, Inc. has a rich history of designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining interactive animal exhibits for zoos, aquariums and museums across the country. Our exhibits include immersive and interactive aquatic habitats featuring sharks and stingrays, all managed by Living Exhibits staff at a host zoological facility. The goals of these interactive exhibits are to increase the value of the guests’ experience, further our customers’ zoological mission and do so in a fiscally viable manner while encouraging guest connections with the animals to aid in their conservation. We currently operate exhibits at these AZA accredited facilities: St Louis Zoo, Denver Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo and coming soon, Detroit Zoo. Living Exhibits also maintains a year-round animal holding facility in Wichita, Kansas.
Staff at Living Exhibits work together as a team to meet common goals. Staff hours will include weekends, holidays, and possible evening events. Staff will be required to work in and around salt water, perform duties outdoors and during all types of weather and will include husbandry and working with filters, pumps and other critical life support equipment for the safety of our animals.
This position could be considered for entry level or advanced level dependent on applicant experience and pay will be commensurate with that level.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES FOR ANIMAL CARE/LIFE SUPPORT SPECIALIST:
Send Resumes & Cover Letters to: email@example.com. All employees of Living Exhibits are subject to employment eligibility and background security checks as well testing for illegal substance use as allowed by law.