February 24, 2019

Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

Welcome to the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium at the Bass Pro Shops complex in Springfield, MO

The first room has an endless ocean with some large fish in it, including sharks.

Next we see a large school of fish in a water vortex style of aquarium.

All of the exhibits are huge here.  They feature both real and sometimes taxidermy. 
There are Map Puffer (top) Maori Wrasse (right) and Malabar Grouper (bottom) in this large tank.

Bass Force One - the President's fishing boat.

Missouri born President Truman.

Next is the Shipwreck Room (this is a two level exhibit and we'll visit the lower level later on in our tour).

The central column aquarium is amazing and quite tall too.
Black Spotted Puffer (right) and Cowfish (behind)

Filefish (front) and some Parrotfish and Snappers in the back.
Giant Moray Eel

Spotted Moray Eel (left) Green Moray Eel (right)

Garden Eel
Caribbean Spiny Lobster
They had a suspension bridge in the next room.  It was really bouncy.

Florida Pompano

Sea Turtle

Ray hanging out at the bottom of the tank.

Clownfish (Nemo)

Poison Dart Frog
Red Piranha
Electric Eel

Peacock Bass

Green Aracari
Sea Nettle
Blue Blubber Jelly

Moon Jelly

Sand Tiger Sharks

Brown Shark 

Tang in the Coral Tank
Giant room full of different types of shells.

Potbelly Seahorse

Giant crab


Albino Channel Catfish

Alligator Alley
Black Bear


Ray touch pool
Keep an eye on them, they like to splash guests.

That concludes our tour.  When you decide to WOW Aquarium, make sure you budget a significant amount of time as this place is huge and takes several hours to explore. 

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum

Welcome to the Wonders of Wildlife Nationa Museum at the Bass Pro Shops campus in Springfield, MO.

Bison roam on either side of the escalator leading you to the start of the exhibits.

The first part of the museum is dedicated to Native Americans.

Deer Dance Headdress

Plains Indians outfits.

The entire hall was filled with different artifacts, including outfits, weapons and other interesting memorabilia.

One of the more intricate outfits on display

Another large bison

A very neat statue and quote to segue to the next displays

Welcome to a salute to the National Parks.  This is a photo of President Roosevelt on his horse and this saddle is supposedly the saddle that he used.

American Black Bear
Yosemite National Park

Mule Deer
Grand Teton National Park

Grizzly Bear and Wolves
Denali National Park

Mountain Goat
Rocky Mountain National Park

Mountain Lion
Rocky Mountain National Park

Sitka Deer
Chugach National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Desert Bighorn Sheep
Grand Canyon National Park

Pronghorn Antelope
Grand Canyon National Park

Roosevelt Elk
Olympic National Park

Brown Bear
Kodiak National Park

Alaska Yukon Moose

Mountain Caribou
Katmai National Park

American Black Bear
Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Bighorn Sheep
Glacier National Park

Lots of mounts on this wall.

Large bear in this room

Polar bear



Lynx and Snowshoe Rabbit


Badger and Rattlesnake

A huge antler arch and a room full of deer mounts and full body taxidermy displays

Some of the huge deer on display


Wild turkey

There is an entire room full of bighorn sheep



They had a live exhibit of penguins

It was food time.

A giant water crossing diorama

This isn't going to end well


A record breaking Polar Bear.  Look how tall he is.

Serengeti exhibit - Elephants



More elephants



Now some big cats - Bengal Tiger

Spotted Jaguar


The museum is fascinating.  There are animals on display that I have never seen done before with taxidermy and they are displayed extremely well.  The museum is included with admission to the aquarium.  Make sure you plan plenty of time to check out all of the displays in the museum.