AKRON,Ohio- The Akron Zoo will be hosting their fourth annual adult only Valentine’s Day event, Animals Do It Too, on February 11, 2012. The event will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. in the zoo’sKomodoKingdom and will focus on animal mating rituals and reproduction. For an extended experience, guests can also spend the night at the zoo.
The evening will start with a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks. After dinner the zoo’s veterinarian and education staff will give an educational and humorous look at the way animals mate and the elaborate way many of them try to attract their mates. During the presentation visitors will get to participate in these informative games and activities. The evening will also include up-close animal encounters and photos for guests with an animal.
The sleepover option, Snooze at the Zoo, will be held in the zoo’s Education Center, Komodo Kingdom, following the conclusion of Animals Do It Too at 9 p.m. Guests sleeping over will enjoy a night hike and then in the morning, after a continental breakfast, get to feed the zoo’s penguins.
The cost of the dinner and program, which runs from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., is $35 per person for Akron Zoo members and $41 per person for non-members. For Akron Zoo members attending the dinner, program and sleepover the cost is $64 per person and non-members is $79 per person. For reservations call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231 or online at www.akronzoo.org. The event is limited to 100 guests.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours, through April, are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $6.00 per person. The parking fee is $2.00. Starting May 1, 2012 the Akron Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $7 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
(Information submitted by David Barnhardt, Akron Zoo.)