Shark Week in the Shark-La-Tex!
What’s more dangerous than a shark? A lot of things actually. Sink your teeth into fun facts all about sharks during Shark Week, Sunday Aug. 9 through Aug 16 at the Shreveport Aquarium.
The aquarium’s annual week-long Shark Week event coincides with the popular Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which has been the longest-running cable TV programming event in history.
The aquarium is home to several species of sharks including reef sharks, white tip sharks, bamboo sharks and a local favorite, Zenon the Zebra Shark who will be celebrating her 3rd birthday during Shark Week. Baby epaulette shark pups will also be on display. These pups were on display still in their egg cases (mermaid purses) during last year’s Shark Week event.
“While Shark Week is definitely our favorite week of the year and we have so many fun and engaging activities,” says General Manager Jason Coffel, “our main goal is to raise awareness of these magnificent and often misunderstood creatures to let people know how important they are in keeping our oceans healthy. We want to encourage the public to get involved in conservation.”
The aquarium will offer ongoing family-friendly activities, shark pup feedings, games, shark dives and more. A new activity called Shark & Seek will have Zenon the Zebra Shark digging up clams hidden by a diver and will surely please her fans and other shark enthusiasts.
Guests can win a prize on the shark quiz trail and take some great photos of their shark themed adventure in the new shark photo booth. Bring in a birthday card or drawing for Zenon and get a free mini ice cream cone. Guests can also hand feed and touch the friendly stingrays, close relatives of sharks. See complete schedule of events
Educational signage portraying the truth about these apex predators and their essential role keeping the delicate balance of the oceans ecosystems in check will be on display, while the retail shop will offer new shark gear, plush toys, games and toys and all things shark related.
Shreveport Aquarium, owned and operated by Planet Aqua Group is located at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway in Downtown Shreveport. Aquarium admission prices are $15 for ages 13+, $12 for ages 3-12 and kids 2 and under are free.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, the aquarium is limiting tickets which must be purchased online, in advance. Guests must wear face coverings and are encouraged to social distance while touring the facility.