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Animal Guide

Awe and wonder await our guests at every habitat.

Mississippi Aquarium is home to more than 200 species of animals and more than 300 species of fish. We have something for everyone, from animals native to South Mississippi, like our alligators that greet our guests upon entrance onto our campus, to something you may not see every day, such as our leucistic zebra shark.


Ambassador Animals

Ambassador animals are the heart of our mission at Mississippi Aquarium. Our ambassador animals represent the Aquarium in the community through in-person off-campus visits, media appearances, and daily visits to the Aquarium's campus.

Crocodilian Habitat

Your visit to Mississippi Aquarium begins here at our crocodilian plaza. Watch our alligators swim in their habitat, complete with an island that makes the perfect spot for our gators to catch some son. And catch a glimpse of our North American crocodile in his habitat, which includes brackish water, a mixture of fresh and salt waters.

Touch Pool

Welcome to the third floor of Aquatic Wonders, designed to represent the surface of the ocean. This is where you'll find our touch pools for a unique hands-on experience.

From crustaceans to rays, horseshoe crabs, and even baby sharks, our touch pool allows guests to have a one-of-a-kind experience through hands-on learning and fun.

Swirl Habitat

The centerpiece of Aquatic Wonders, our three-story cylinder tank has a unique collection of tropical fish and coral. It can be viewed from all three floors of Aquatic Wonders.

Oceans Habitat

Get ready for three stories of thrills and some fantastic views in Aquatic Wonders, Mississippi Aquarium's oceans habitat, home to Mississippi Aquarium's saltwater animals.

North American River Otters

Mississippi Aquarium is home to four North American river otters. Watch them frolic in their spacious habitat with pools and ponds and see them underwater from two different locations. Look for them in their large hollow log, where they sometimes like to nap.

Freshwater River

Our freshwater river is the centerpiece of our beautifully landscaped campus. Walk along the freshwater river from the top of the boardwalk down to our lower dolphin area. Check out the different species of freshwater fish and reptiles, including catfish, paddlefish, yellow belly sliders, and large alligator gar with unobstructed views.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins

Mississippi Aquarium is home to four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Take a stroll along our freshwater river, and you will eventually end up at our dolphin habitat. With multi-level viewing, our guests will be able to catch a glimpse of their favorite dolphin both underwater and from the surface.

Aviary

Mississippi Aquarium's Aviary is one of the unique parts of our campus. Take a leisurely stroll through our immersive aviary and get up close with birds from all around the globe. Stop by the brook to watch some of our ducks swim or look for one of our White-cheeked turacos in the enclosed aviary.

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