Wonders of Wildlife Blog

Go beyond the surface and read more about the
wonders of the world around you!

There is so much to learn beyond what you see at our aquarium and museum. Our top priority is nature and wildlife conservation and education, and here, you can explore the stories – past and present – of those efforts. Get behind-the-scenes insights of WOW and enjoy exciting tales that share the wonder of nature and its creatures!


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Wonders of Wildlife Stories

A Thank You to Our Volunteers!

April 22, 2024

Wonders of Wildlife is home to 35,000 live animals, showcasing 800 species and 1.5 million gallons of water. It takes a village to ensure our animals, and our guests, are…

Creature Feature: Hellbenders

April 17, 2024

In pristine rivers and streams, where habitats thrive to create a heavenly oasis, dwells an amphibian with a sinister name – the North American hellbender. Despite their intimidating name, these…

Member Night Recap: March 11, 2024

March 25, 2024

On Monday, March 11, we hosted our first-ever exclusive, after-hours Member Night, and it was a roaring success! Members were able to personally meet several animal ambassador species up-close while…

Celebrating Women: Their Notable Impact on Fishing & Conservation

March 8, 2024

Did you know there are 145 inductees in the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame and 16 of them are women? Additionally, there are a total of…

Wonders of Wildlife’s Sea Turtle Center again hosts endangered sea turtles in life-saving rehabilitation efforts

February 6, 2024

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium (WOW) welcomed its fourth group of critically ill loggerhead sea turtles, in addition to its first group of green and…

Wonders of Wildlife partners with fellow 
AZA-accredited facilities in nationwide 
sea turtle rehabilitation effort

May 4, 2023

More than 500 cold-stunned sea turtles were flown to 12 AZA facilities across the country for critical care and rehabilitation this year. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As part of a nationwide commitment to…

It’s Official! Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Vote “America’s Best Aquarium for an unprecedented fifth time!

March 17, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Located within the beautiful Ozark region of the central United States, Johnny Morris’ not-for-profit Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium  is the largest and most important conservation…

Cast Your Vote for Conservation

February 17, 2023

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife again nominated for America’s Best Aquarium by USA TODAY Springfield, Mo. – Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium (WOW) in Springfield, Missouri, has once…

Turtle Check Ups!

January 30, 2023

On January 18th, Wonders of Wildlife’s ten loggerhead sea turtle rescues underwent medical exams. These exams included a physical, blood work and x-rays conducted by our aquatic holding biologists and vet staff.…

Wonders of Wildlife rings in the new year with sea turtle rescue

January 3, 2023

Wonders of Wildlife rings in the new year with sea turtle rescue…