Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Make Contact with Cool Critters Every Day
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.
- 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!
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