Journey through the wonders of planet earth in this Zooquarium. These exhibits recreate ecosystems from across the world. The new wonder of Wildlife museum is home to 35,000 animals bringing all corner of planets Earth to Springfield, Missouri. The air is controlled to simulate the true climate of each habitat.
Originally, the Wonder Of Wildlife was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, opened to the public on November 1, 2001. The place is home to 225 species of live animals, fresh, and saltwater aquariums, interactive exhibitions, and educational programs.
The original attraction shut down in December 2007, having the announcement of the extension that would enhance the square footage of the facility by 58 percent, at a cost of $25 million.
Afterward, museum representatives declared a much more desiring expansion, at a cost of about $80 million.
“Wonders of Wildlife exist as an inspiring journey across the world that celebrates the importance of hunters’ role and anglers as America’s true conservation heroes.” The facility opened its gates to the public with a few updates and changes; having its present name and composition, and configuration on September 22, 2017.
You’ll smell the sun-kissed dirt of the African Savannah as 150 wildebeests trample out at you from the walls. Inhale the icy chill of the Arctic and come face-to-face with polar bears. Trek through the Himalayas or awe at the floor-to-ceiling shark tank.
Over 800 species of animals are displayed here. It’s a remarkable feat as it took 9 years to complete this amazing place. Also, the landscapes present here took 6 years to have that finishing touch.
The aquarium holds an impressive 1.5 million gallons of tank space. Here, you can pet stingrays and count jellyfish for days. Go on the safari of your life all right here in the heart of the USA.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, MO – an amazingly new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure displays 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, and deeply engaging Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with a huge and the greatest accumulation of record-setting game animals ever collected. There are different types of natural habitats along with historical artifacts, artwork, films; also perform specials, involving Boone and Crockett Club of North American Heads, and major Horns Collection of the big game mounts.
At the opening ceremony, there was the attendance of significant North American conservation leaders and dozen of celebrities including U.S. President George W. Bush, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Costner, Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, and many others.
Over 40 conservation groups, including National Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Audubon Society, and National Geographic Society, collaborated with the Wonders of Wildlife project, which was about a decade regarding development and construction.
In 2017, Wonders of Wildlife was voted as the Best New Attraction” in the US by readers of USA Today.
- CHILDREN (Ages 4–11): $30
- ADULTS: $60