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

The Process of Senescence in Giant Pacific Octopuses

May 31, 2022

Giant Pacific Octopuses are highly advanced creatures with impressive intelligence and countless adaptations. Although their larger size sets them apart from other species, these multi-armed marine mollusks share a common…

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium nominated again for “America’s Best Aquarium” honor by USA Today

April 29, 2022

Fans encouraged to vote online daily to advance conservation now through May 23 Springfield, Mo. –For the fourth year, Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, has…


Wonders of Wildlife is happy to announce the opening of a new exhibit in partnership with the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

March 16, 2022

Press release about the event honoring Johnny Morris and the opening of the American Museum of Fly Fishing exhibit at Wonders of Wildlife. American Museum of Fly Fishing honors Johnny…

Riser’s Conservation Story: How an American Bald Eagle Prevailed

December 2, 2021

Article by: Wonders of Wildlife Marketing Six years ago, Riser, the American bald eagle, soared high over the treetops in North Carolina. The wind rustled his feathers, his eyes scanned…

Nilla, the Sleeping Beauty: Resident Black Bear Prepares for the Winter

November 5, 2021

Article by: Tinsley Merriman, Wonders of Wildlife Marketing Intern Winters in Missouri can be unBEARable. With the sun setting earlier and the temperature dropping lower, a lot of us are…

Theodore Roosevelt: The Lengthy Legacy of America’s Rough Rider

October 27, 2021

Article by: Tinsley Merriman, Wonders of Wildlife Marketing Intern October 27 marks the 163rd birthday of Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. In honor of this…

How We Can Help Sharks, Right Here in Missouri

August 4, 2021

Article By: Taylor Meadows When I’m asked about what I do, I respond that I’m a shark photographer and advocate. That response is always met with “you’re crazy!” or “I…

Celebrating Women’s Dive Day

July 16, 2021

An Interview with WOW’s Dive Ops Manager July 17th is Women’s Dive Day! We are very proud of our women divers who support our guests during their Sea Trek experience,…

A Bittersweet Goodbye: WOW Releases Rehabilitated Sea Turtles to the Ocean

April 7, 2021

Twelve endangered loggerhead sea turtles were successfully released back to their native habitat in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday morning following a life-saving stay at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife…

How Wonders of Wildlife Became a Turtle Rehab Facility – Almost Overnight

March 9, 2021

“You could say, ‘what are 12 turtles?’ But 12 turtles are important. These could be animals that could go back into the population, become nesting females and have years and…