Premium Animal Programs ($425 per program)
Depending on animal needs, participants may have an opportunity to touch each of our animal ambassadors. These Premium Animal Programs require extra supervision and/or additional equipment. Choose from either African Penguins, Coral Cat Sharks, Yellow Stingrays, or Lake Sturgeon.
Penguins are among our most beloved animals here at WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium. In our African Penguin program, we will bring one of our penguin ambassadors to you, where you will enjoy an up close and personal encounter with a penguin! During this presentation, participants will learn about these incredible animals, including their natural history, geography, diet, predators, and WAVE Foundation’s research and conservation initiatives. At the close of this approximately 60-minute experience, you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of these remarkable birds!
African Penguin programs can not be booked on Wednesdays. Please contact us for a detailed_ schedule of available times for this program.
Sharks are awesome, and tend to get a lot of attention in the media. However, they are often misrepresented and misunderstood- and WAVE Foundation is working to change that by bringing live Coral Cat Sharks and Epaulette Sharks to you! The goal of our Mobile Shark Cart program is to educate and engage our community, connecting you with a keystone species in our ocean’s ecosystem. In addition to live sharks, several animal biofacts are used in this presentation including shark jaws, a can of shark fin soup, shark eggs, and more. By the end of this program, you will know how you can make a difference in shark conservation!
Get up close and personal with our Yellow Sting Rays as we bring our mobile Ray Cart to you! Sting Rays are closely related to sharks, but have an incredibly different body shape and survival method. This program will cover these differences and similarities as well as how we can all work to be a part of their conservation!
Learn about the importance of freshwater conservation through an interaction with our Lake Sturgeon! The lake sturgeon is a species that has remained virtually unchanged since swimming alongside the dinosaurs, but populations of this fish have declined due to pollution, habitat destruction and overharvesting. WAVE Foundation has collaborated with Saving Local Waters and Tennessee Aquarium to bring this locally extinct freshwater fish to our community, sharing their incredible story of decline and reintroduction! This program focuses on freshwater conservation initiatives, discussing local extinctions, and sharing how you can help protect your local watershed.
Animal Programs ($225 per program)
Depending on animal needs, participants may have an opportunity to touch each of our animal ambassadors. These Animal Programs require extra supervision and/or additional equipment. Choose from either Career Talk, Croc Talk, Scales & Tails, Turtle Time, or Slithering With Snakes.
Do you want to be a marine biologist or work at an aquarium? This program talks about everything it takes to make that dream come true! We will discuss college and internship options, the different fields in biology as well as important study skills and interview tips to help foster success!
Program includes a live animal chosen by the WAVE Foundation to enhance the experience.
Scales & Tails
Discover the reptilian world during this unique experience as we feature three reptiles, ranging from snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises! This program will cover the animal’s natural histories, including basic facts, adaptations and specialized features these animals display to succeed in the wild.
Ambassador animals may include a lizard, snake and either a turtle or tortoise.
Learn what it means to be a reptile and have an in-depth conversation about Crocodilians: crocodiles, alligators, gharials, and caimans. Discover the differences between each species and in the end be able to tell them apart with just a glance!
Program includes a live American Alligator and a number of crocodilian skull replicas and artifacts
Can you tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? In this program, we discuss the differences between turtles and tortoises, and share some simple conservation practices that you can do to help protect these amazing animals!
Live animals will include 3 different turtle and tortoise species.
Slithering with Snakes
When we talk about reptiles, snakes are included- just like turtles and lizards- but what makes them unique? Meet three different species of snakes as we share the diversity of this group of animals.
Ambassador animals will include a small, medium and large snake species.
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