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Get VIP access to get up-close, feed, and touch Aquarium animals.



Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.

Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari

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National Wildlife Federation Born to be Wild educators guide

Ranger Rick’s Green Zone is all about helping you make Earth a greener place.

National Wildlife Federation’s “Make a Difference: In Your Backyard”. From creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference.

Join thousands of people who have improved their backyards to share with wildlife. Earn the distinction as being part of National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program:

Natural Encounters, Inc.- Birds and Beyond, engage, inspire and empower people at their shows through the exhibition of animals demonstrating natural behaviors, carefully designed dialogue and entertaining choreography. These shows now entertain and educate millions of people each year.

The Tennessee Aquarium is home to a richly diverse living collection of the world’s most fascinating animals. Be sure to check out the Secret Reef web cam and the Penguin's Rock web cam for entertaining action 24/7.








Location & Schedule

Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari is located in the lower level of the River Journey building next to the Seahorse Gallery. Animal presentations will be offered daily from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Meet the Safari Animals

The animals are the stars of Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. Some will make you laugh, others may make you shiver. Some you can touch. Some you won't want to.

Fun Activities

Solve a puzzle, create a bird feeder or play a game! Ranger Rick invites all explorers to discover these fun activities before or after you visit the Tennessee Aquarium.

Your Backyard Habitat

After visiting Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari, you’re ready to explore your own backyard with new eyes. What creatures are living there now and how can you make it a better place for more animals?

Bug Club

Curious young naturalists will love learning about fascinating multi-legged creatures. Membership includes a monthly newsletter (the Monthly Moult), fun meetings and a Bug Club t-shirt.

Safari Links

Fun and educational links about wildlife and nature
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