|Risque Adult Tours Include Romantic Dinner
TAMPA, Fla. -- Valentine's Day is the time of year when zoos around the nation seek to woo a new adult audience with risque tours that couple champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and candlelight dining with impressive facts about how animals do the wild thing.
The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa is giving a different kind of tour that is not the G-rated version for children.
On the "Wild at Heart" zoo tour, visitors learn a few things: Male pigs have a unique corkscrew endowment and impressive, um, output; manatees have orgies and don't really care if their partners are male or female; and a male porcupine has only one four-hour window a year to mate.
New York City's Central Park Zoo calls their tour "Jungle Love" and advertises that tour-goers can "learn secret mating rituals from the experts!"
Singles, couples and groups are invited to the "adults-only," after-hours Valentine's Day event, where Central Park's very own Dr. Love -- Director Dan Wharton -- leads the tour "on the wild ways of amour."
The Central Park Web site warned that its tour is "not for the faint of heart." Couples enjoy tropical cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as Wharton, an expert in the sex lives of gorillas and snow leopards, shares "some of his experiences and techniques with you!"
Zoos charge about $50 per person for the tours, and crowds are kept deliberately intimate. Many zoos, including Lowry Park, have added additional nights to handle Valentine's overflow.
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