2008-01-17 / News

Zoo offers Valentine's fun

Roger Williams Park Zoo will celebrate Valentine's Day in a wild new way with "Love Your Wild World" on Feb. 10. The day will be aimed at helping visitors learn how to embrace a love of the environment through wildlife appreciation and conservation. This new event is packed with fun activities for the whole family, from Valentine'sthemed animal enrichment, to recycled art demonstrations, a photo opportunity with Cupid, interactive education stations with giveaways and much more.

As part of the zoo's regular animal enrichment program, visitors see various animals receive their very own Valentine's treats throughout the day. They can sign a giant Valentine's card for the planet, take the little ones to hear a speciallythemed story, and meet Max Man, the charismatic recycling mascot from Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). Plus, the first 100 visitors to bring their plastic bags to be recycled by RIRRC will receive one free reusable shopping bag courtesy of Whole Foods.

For fans of the animated series "Go, Diego Go," their will be an appearance by the star of the show himself, Diego. Check the Zoo's Web site for specific schedule of appearances. Diego is also starring in "Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue" at the Providence Performing Arts Center, from Feb. 15 to 17, and zoo-goers can enter to win tickets to the show during the event.

Other appearances include Ten31 Productions' "Cupid" posing in front of a rose arbor, a good way to commemorate the day. Environmental artist Will Machin and The Steel Yard will be on-hand constructing planters out of recycled materials, and Lite Rock 105 will entertain visitors with games, music and samples of Cabot cheese.

The day's events round out with special activities to celebrate the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' 2008 Year of the Frog, activities themed around recycling, a bird feeder creation station, and an animal art gallery where visitors can purchase quite a unique Valentine gift - artwork created by some of the zoo's own resident "animal artists."

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with regular zoo admission. For a complete schedule and specific activity times, check the zoo's Web site at www. rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org, or call 785-3510. From Jan. 2 through Feb. 29, the zoo is offering special half-priced winter rates, making admission $6 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 62 and older and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Zoo members and children under three are free.

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