The largest and perhaps most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world will celebrate its grand opening on National Hunting & Fishing Day, September 21. The new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Mo., is the brainchild of Johnny Morris, conservationist and founder/CEO of Bass Pro Shops.
“I am proud and excited that this special facility dedicated to those who love the outdoors will open in the heart of America in our hometown, Springfield, Missouri,” said Morris. “We are deeply grateful to the many remarkably talented individuals and world-class conservation organizations that have come together for the past nine years to help make this vision a reality.”
Wonders of Wildlife consists of 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as a wildlife museum that brings visitors eye-to-eye with a massive collection of record-setting game animals. Located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters, the 320,000-square-foot attraction celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water.
In conjunction with the grand opening, a national conservation summit will host leading environmentalists, special guests and dignitaries from across the nation for a series of commemorative events. The events will honor the positive role hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation and help inspire the next generation of outdoor stewards.
“Wonders of Wildlife has the opportunity, like no other attraction before it, to have a positive national impact on wildlife and conservation,” said Colin O’Mara, president/CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, a key partner organization. “Johnny’s investment in this not-for-profit facility through the Johnny Morris Foundation will establish one of the most valuable and respected conservation and education centers in the world.”
Learn more at wondersofwildlife.org.