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Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Make Contact with Cool Critters Every Day
Some creatures hide in the shadows, lead cryptic lives underground or lurk around long after sunset. Living a subterranean or nocturnal lifestyle means people don’t often happen upon these interesting critters. The Tennessee Aquarium’s new animal encounter specialists are ready to introduce visitors to many intriguing species. Every day, for parts of every hour, these educators will bring out a different animal in both Aquarium buildings for you to meet up close. It could be a soft and cuddly encounter with “Jelly”, a Virginia opossum or it might be a squirmy encounter with a Chinese paddle-tailed newt or touchable terrapins. Meet more of the Aquarium’s charismatic creatures face-to-face during a “Close Encounter of the Animal Kind.”   

  • SHARE YOUR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
    If you have a special animal encounter picture, we’d love to see it and share it with other animal lovers. It could be that beautiful image of the birds in your backyard. Maybe it’s the deer you photographed standing in a meadow. Or it could be that adorable picture you took of our penguins or otters on your last visit to the Tennessee Aquarium. Upload your photos today to our Flickr group and maybe you'll see your photo on our website.


  • KEEP ENCOUNTERING ANIMALS WITH THESE CALLS OF THE WILD!
    “What’s that!?”  
    “My cool new penguin ringtone from the Tennessee Aquarium.” That’s right. Check out these cool critter calls and use Myxer.com to create your own ringtone for your cell. Whether you’re a frog fanatic, penguin pal or macaw maniac we have you covered with downloadable audio files that could add new meaning to the phrase, “It’s nature calling. Share this with your BFFs.

    Right click on the sound, then "save target as" to your desktop. Open Myxer.com, create your account and follow the 3 simple steps to create your own ringtone.
    Penguins (from Penguins' Rock)
         

  • DON'T LIMIT YOUR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS TO RIVER JOURNEY & OCEAN JOURNEY
    Encounter animals in action within the protected habitat of Tennessee’s Grand Canyon. Passengers aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer see different creatures on virtually every cruise. Great blue herons stalk the shoreline and hawks, eagles, osprey and vultures are frequently seen soaring overhead. Look closely to spot deer or turkey along the shoreline. What will you see from the Explorer’s observation deck? Join an experienced Aquarium naturalist who will help you identify wildlife and bring the area’s rich history to life. Book your cruise today.


  • E-COUNTER FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
    Check out the wild designs of our Close Encounters of the Animal Kind e-postcards. Family and friends will enjoy receiving these personalized Animal Encounter postcards via e-mail.


  • WE ALL WANT OUR DESKTOPS TO LOOK WILD
    You can also enhance the appearance of your laptop or monitor with your favorite aquarium wallpaper. Point and click to add the classic look of black and white penguins, colorful fish and butterflies or the slicked back hairdo of a river otter.

  • GO AHEAD, HUG A SHARK.
    Huggable soft sharks, rays, jellies and penguins are waiting for you in the Aquarium’s gift shops. Members receive discounts on merchandise and unlimited Aquarium visits for an entire year. What are you waiting for? Take advantage of this plush deal by becoming an Aquarium member today!

  • SPONSOR HOTELS & DISCOUNT PACKAGES
    Check out these great deals with our sponsor hotels when planning your weekend of Close Encoutners.
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