Watch our Penguin Cam

Penguins Rock Web Cam
The Penguins’ Rock cam is live, 24-7. So chill out for awhile and enjoy the waddling, diving, splashing and swimming at the Tennessee Aquarium.


Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.


Watch our Secret Reef Cam

Secret Reef web cam
The Secret Reef cam is live, 24-7. So dive in and watch toothy sharks, colorful reef fish and divers in the Tennessee Aquarium's largest saltwater exhibit.


Backstage Pass

New Backstage pass

Get VIP access to get up-close, feed, and touch Aquarium animals.

Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari

Meet the Safari Animals

This summer Tennessee Aquarium animal experts will be teaming up with renowned specialists from Natural Encounters Incorporated (NEI) and some of their dazzling feathered friends. A Eurasian eagle owl, brightly colored macaws, a trumpeter hornbill and a talking parrot will join a cast of more than two dozen cool creatures.Ranger Rick Backyard Safari Aquarium guests will have fun at Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari while discovering more about each animal’s habitat and the critters that might be living in their own backyards. “We train the animals to do species-appropriate behavior in an insightful and personal close-up encounter,” said Steve Martin, NEI’s founder and president. “This gives everyone a better understanding about the individual animal and its wild counterparts. People have a great time and begin to really care about these creatures. Once we get them to care, they want to know how they can help.”

Eurasian Eagle OwlMeet some of the animals:

Yellow-headed Amazon Parrot 

Trumpeter Hornbill 

African grey parrot 

Blue-headed Macaws

Red-fronted Macaws

Eurasian Eagle Owls

Get acquainted with more of the animals you may meet at Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari:

Sable rabbitHedgehog


African pygmy hedgehog

Southern flying squirrel

Eastern screech owl

African gray parrotMillipede

Green aracari

Eastern box turtle

Ornate box turtle

Alligator snapping turtle

Common snapping turtleWoodchuck

Diamondback terrapin

Leopard gecko

Barking gecko

Eastern slender glass lizard

ScheltopusikRed Knee Tarantula


Black ratsnake

Sinaloan milksnake

Eastern kingsnake

Ball pythonAfrican Clawed Frog

Rainbow boa constrictor

Columbian red-tail boa constrictor

White’s treefrog

Tomato frog

Fire-bellied toadBarking Gecko

African clawed frog

Mossy frog


Chinese paddle-tailed newt

Chilean common tarantulaAfrican Gray Parrot

Curly-hair tarantula

Mexican red-knee tarantula

Madagascar hissing cockroach

Giant African millipede

Flathead catfish


Location & Schedule

Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari is located in the lower level of the River Journey building next to the Seahorse Gallery. Animal presentations will be offered daily from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Meet the Safari Animals

The animals are the stars of Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. Some will make you laugh, others may make you shiver. Some you can touch. Some you won't want to.

Fun Activities

Solve a puzzle, create a bird feeder or play a game! Ranger Rick invites all explorers to discover these fun activities before or after you visit the Tennessee Aquarium.

Your Backyard Habitat

After visiting Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari, you’re ready to explore your own backyard with new eyes. What creatures are living there now and how can you make it a better place for more animals?

Bug Club

Curious young naturalists will love learning about fascinating multi-legged creatures. Membership includes a monthly newsletter (the Monthly Moult), fun meetings and a Bug Club t-shirt.

Safari Links

Fun and educational links about wildlife and nature
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