The world-renowned museum and aquarium honors hunters, fishermen, and conservationists, inspiring new generations of outdoor enthusiasts.
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Located within the beautiful Ozark region of the central United States, the non-profit Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the largest and most important conservation attraction to open in the United States. in more than 100 years.
Wonders of Wildlife is the gift of Bass Pro Shops founder and leading conservationist Johnny Morris to America’s athletes. This world-class educational venue is his way of giving back the blessings he has received from a life spent enjoying the great outdoors.
There is nothing like Wonders of Wildlife in the world! Johnny Morris’s passionate and unwavering approach to connecting people with the outdoors reveals his commitment to future generations. Today, Wonders of Wildlife is a leading educational venue serving to deliver the message of conservation to visitors of all ages.
Each visit proves to be an inspiring journey into the natural habitats of the world’s most incredible species. Guests reminisce about the incredible natural resources found in our nation’s landscape, our nation’s conservation history, and the unwavering commitment of sportsmen, hunters, and fishermen.
Home to more than 35,000 living fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, the 350,000-square-foot complex is a wonder in itself. It contains 1.5 miles of trails through immersive habitats and features aquariums totaling more than 1.5 million gallons. And the WOW experience continues to grow with recent additions, including Nature’s Best Photography exhibit, the American Museum of Fly Fishing, and a soon-to-arrive 7,000-gallon jellyfish aquarium. The site is also engaged in research and management efforts, including coral retention and propagation, sea turtle rehabilitation, and the retention of endangered Oronoco crocodiles, all while continuing public school programs around the world.
For the past century, sportsmen have led the way in paying for fish and wildlife management. Through the implementation of fishing and hunting licenses and federal excise taxes on select outdoor products, funding has been provided for historic conservation accomplishments. Thanks to hunters and fishermen, our nation’s conservation success story is unlike any the world has ever seen.
Committed to conservation education, Wonders of Wildlife, along with its educational team and diverse partners (including most major conservation organizations), reaches millions each year through on-site visits and on-site learning programs. distance.
This national recognition highlights our nation’s strong support for conservation and our outdoor heritage, including fishing and hunting activities.
“We are honored to be recognized and are grateful to our guests, partners, staff and volunteers for their steadfast support,” Johnny said. “Every member of the Wonders of Wildlife team is passionate about wildlife conservation and education, and we challenge ourselves every day to excite visitors and create the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. We are excited to work with our partners in conservation and will continue to inspire generations to connect and engage in the great outdoors.”
For more information on Wonders of Wildlife and to purchase tickets, visit www.wondersofwildlife.org.
About the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
The Johnny Morris National Museum of the Wonders of Wildlife, located next to the Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, the campus is a centerpiece of America’s Conservation Capital in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Developed by Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist Johnny Morris. Wonders of Wildlife has been voted “America’s Best New Attraction” and “America’s Best Aquarium” by readers of USA TODAYand in 2022 it received its AZA accreditation.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s leading outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young fisherman Johnny Morris began selling tackle at his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier retail destinations, equipment manufacturing for outdoor activities, world-class tourist destinations and more. In 2017, Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best of the best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and excellent customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unmatched collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the great outdoors and has been named “one of America’s Best Employers” by Forbes.