They’re often called stingrays because of their long, whip-like tail with a barb near the base. But fear not! Cownose and southern rays only use their barb as a defense when they feel trapped and need a quick exit. These animals (as most rays) prefer to swim away from threats whenever possible.
Around 430 different species of rays patrol the world’s oceans, living in schools up to several thousand! Our species are native to Atlantic coastal waters, from New England to Brazil. Their population is surviving along the U.S. coast but they are near threatened due to unregulated fishing practices in South America.
Cownose rays, southern ray
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The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a cownose ray at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!Learn More