Cownose ray

Cownose ray

Latin name: Rhinoptera bonasus

Elegant Underwater Bird!

  • It has a crease in the middle of its snout that divides it in two lobes, similar to that of the cow's nose, from where it gets its common name.
  • This ray is an ocean bottom feeder. Thanks to its specialized senses. it can detect its preys even if they are buried in the sand. It feeds mainly on bivalves, but will also eat fish, crustaceans and mollusks.
  • It can jump out of the water, probably in order to escape from a predator. It moves by beating its wing flaps, reminiscent of a bird in flight.
  • It has a short dart at the base of its tail that produces a weak venom concentration which act as vasoconstriction. Thermosensitive, the venom's effect can be counteracted by exposing the sting to very hot water.
  • In several international waters, ray and shark fishing is not controlled and results in overfishing which exerts enormous pressure on these fish populations. This ray may also inadvertently end up in the nets of shrimp fishermen.
  • Distribution Warm waters of the western Atlantic
  • Habitat Bays and estuaries
  • Diet Carnivore
  • Status Near threatened
  • Zoo Zone South Pacific Odyssey Pavilion

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What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula