Celebrate Vanimal-tine’s Day at the Toledo Zoo

Daily Dose  |  02/05/2018 10:00 am

Spread love and love will spread. On Saturday, February 10, bring your sweetheart to Vanimal-tine’s Day at the Toledo Zoo from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and help spread the love as many of your favorite Zoo animals receive species-appropriate, Valentine’s Day themed treats.

Through special events like this, visitors are able to see the extensive animal enrichment program in action and on full display throughout the Zoo. The goal of the program is to encourage natural behaviors and provide choices to the animal through different types of enrichment, or stimulation. Beth Posta, curator of behavioral husbandry and enrichment, points out that winter does provide a variety of options for the animal care staff.

A surprising example of an animal species that actually enjoys the snow is the African elephant, especially six-year-old Lucas. Posta says: “To them, snow is a novelty. The keepers will make snowmen with vegetables in them for the herd to enjoy. They will also make large heart-shaped piles of snow, as the elephants have been known to trudge through it and toss it around. In that case, we use the weather to our advantage.”

The Zoo is also home to more cold-weather tolerant animals than ever before, including red pandas, snow leopards, polar bears, Bactrian camels, gray wolves, yaks and cinereous vultures. Make plans to see all of the animals at Vanimal-tine’s Day on Saturday, February 10 at your Toledo Zoo. This event is free with Zoo admission. For the full schedule of events, please visit toledozoo.org/valentine.   

Don’t forget the Zoo is offering a half-off admission coupon available online at toledozoo.org! The coupon is available now through Friday, March 2 and is redeemable on visits within the same time period. Guests must present the coupon (printed or digital) at the entry gate to receive the discount. The coupon is not valid with any other offers and does not apply to groups of 20 or more.