Take Your Next Zoo Experience To A Whole New Level
Have you ever wondered what goes on at the zoo once darkness hits and gates are closed for the day? Well you have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the zoo after dark, thanks to the rising popularity of overnight stays at zoos around the U.S. You’ll have the chance to take a closer look at the nocturnal activities of animals while wearing night-vision goggles, prepare breakfast treats for animals such as parrots, bears, pigs, pumas and coyotes and then watch zookeepers feed the animals your handmade treats in the morning, and pet exotic animals such as a binturong, or bear cat. There are several types of programs available, from family camping outings and birthday sleepovers, to cub scout/girl scout/brownie troupe badge programs; costs typically range from $45-$70 per person, including meals and snacks. Each program provides you a unique chance to get the zoo all to yourself, interact one-on-one with animals, and learn more about zoo efforts and conservation.
Below are a few major zoos around the U.S. that offer overnight stays. Click on the links to learn more:
San Diego Zoo: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/special/sleepovers
Los Angeles Zoo: http://www.lazoo.org/education/zooovernights/
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo (NYC): http://www.queenszoo.com/classes-and-programs/family-programs.aspx