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AWW-lert: Where to See Baby (and Not-So Baby) Penguins in Baltimore

Where: Baltimore, MD
May 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

There's no denying it: Penguins are cute. Really cute. And the fact that Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has recently opened up a cool new penguin exhibit really has us giddy with excitement. Each one of the winged inhabitants in this African penguin habitat has donned their Sunday best to receive visitors to their new home. (We suppose that's easy, when you're always wearing a tux.)

Named Penguin Coast and resembling a seaside ice shack, the exhibit's main viewing area offers a way to watch all 60 birds. Since the exhibit's unveiling in November, these feathered friends have been frolicking in 185,000 gallons of water — when they're not showing off on one of the rocks made for sunning, that is. While the majority of the critters are not young, there are a few baby penguins that swim back and forth, as intrigued by the human visitors as we are by them.

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A New List of America's Top 10 Zoos Needs Some (Minor) Adjustments

June 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | ()

Apparently USA Today owns something called 10Best. We don't know much about 10Best, except that it seems to publish travel-related Top 10 lists and its Twitter profile goes back to 2008. The division - we suppose it counts as a media division - also just published a list of the U.S.'s top 10 zoos.

That list, which was the result of four weeks of online voting and which we've reproduced below, is in a very precise sense obviously and straightforwardly incorrect.

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Why You Should Visit DC's National Zoo ASAP

November 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM | by | ()

Usually we save zoo travel posts for the spring and summer, since that's when people go to zoos, and we like to be helpful. But there are exceptions to every rule, and - wouldn't you know it - baby animals count as some of those exceptions.

The Washington DC National Zoo has in recent months been blessed with quite a few baby animals. Lots of the attention has been lavished in particular on the zoo's new baby panda and two new baby tigers. All were born around the same time and all were in the news today.

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From New York to Florida, 'Brew At The Zoo' Events Dominate August

August 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk now is the time to do it. August seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

WaZoo – Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

You’ll need to start planning sooner than later, as this weekend is when the beers and the bears come together at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo during this year’s WaZoo event on August between 7:30 and 10:30pm. This beer festival features plenty of food from local restaurants, live music, and of course all the animals you care to view. Tickets are pricey—$70 per person in advance—but it does include plenty of beer, your tasting cup, as well as some food sampling. Local breweries like Cigar City Brewing are even cooking up something special for the event, so be sure to arrive thirsty.

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Martha's Vineyard on a Budget: Where to Snuggle a Baby Alpaca

Where: 1 Head of the Pond Road [map], Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
June 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | ()

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!

Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around
Part 3: Spending the day with Alpacas

Looking to spend a relatively small amount of money for a whole lot of fun? Move Martha's Vineyard's Island Alpaca Farm to the top of your list. This privately owned farm is a haven for about 20 alpacas (and one llama!), and visitors can spend practically all day observing them being cute. Staff will also help you get up close to pet some of the alpacas.

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British Airways Forecasts a Panda Epidemic for Chengdu Flights

June 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM | by | ()

Are these the best promotional pictures for a new flight route you’ve ever seen? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course they are.

As you might know, British Airways is launching flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China in September – the first direct route between the two cities. Chengdu is a huge business hub, which is presumably the reason behind the route launch, but it also happens to be home to the giant pandas – the most famous breeding center (which you can visit) is on the outskirts of the city, while there are a few other centers/sanctuaries scattered around Sichuan province, within a few hours of Chengdu.

Hence the pandas—or panbassadors, maybe?—checking in and checking out the Club World cabin.

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Everything You Need to Know About the San Diego Zoo's New Koala Exhibit

May 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

There are subtle ways and not-so-subtle ways to attract travelers. Some places - say, Mexico - struggle with image problems, and before they can pitch anything fun they have to rebrand themselves.. Other countries and organizations have it a lot easier. Zoos, for example, can do the equivalent of waving their arms in the air and shouting: "Hey, look over here! There are cute baby things over here!"

Our beloved San Diego Zoo knows what works, which is why they kicked off the summer travel season this morning by opening up their new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit to the public. The 3 acre exhibit is meant to model what you might see in Queensland. At the entrance is a cluster of 8 to 15-foot-tall totems depicting a koala, a platypus, a crocodile, a kangaroo, a Tasmanian devil, and a kookaburra. They call it the exhibit's "welcoming committee."

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Toast To The Turtles With 3 Memorial Day 'Brew At The Zoo' Events

May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk this weekend is the time to do it. Memorial Day weekend seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta

In addition to the bears and the beers there will also be live music, free rides on the train and on the carousel, and games like Pongo Ping Pong. (We have no idea what that last one is, but after a few samples we’ll be up for a game.) The zoo's got more than 1,500 animals on hand to entertain you while you're busy sipping and sampling your way through each and every exhibit. Advance tickets will set you back $43, and that’ll get you access to unlimited opportunities to enjoy both wine and beer (5:30-9:30pm, Saturday, May 25.).

Zoo Brew – Memphis

Cut out of work a little bit early on Friday, as the brew at the zoo fun in Memphis does its thing between 7pm and 10pm on May 24. That means you can get in some quality time with the animals—and alcohol—and still have the weekend to attend family picnics and other less than fun activities. Here the tickets will go for $40, but there are always VIP options ($60) as well. Live music and plenty of food round out the options, so be sure to raise a glass to the aardvarks, zebras, and everything in between.

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'Brew At The Zoo' Beer Festivals for May Take on Miami, California and Memphis

May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

The weather is getting warmer, and May has officially arrived on the calendar. That means it’s time to head outdoors and reconnect with nature—or at least just visit the critters over at the neighborhood zoo. Sure we love to see the animals do their thing, but it’s even better with a beverage in one hand. Here’s three brew at the zoo events taking place this May.

Brew at the Zoo – Zoo Miami

It’s already time for Zoo Miami to do their brew at the zoo thing, as the animals and exhibits are waiting for you to swing by on Saturday, May 4 between 7 and 11pm. Despite its location at the zoo, it sounds like this event is one of the biggest beer festivals in the city. Plenty of brewers and breweries will be in attendance, and they’re promising more than 100 different lagers and ales to sip and sample. Unlimited samples are yours to enjoy for just $35—in advance—or $40 at the door. The fun rounds itself out with plenty of live music including an appearance by Naughty by Nature—remember them?

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Why All Eyes are on Edinburgh Zoo's Frisky Panda Pals

Where: Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
April 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM | by | ()

Yang Guang limbers up

Maybe Edinburgh is that kinda town, because it wasn’t just Richard Branson getting frisky in Scotland last week; bumping Little Red’s arrival down the news agenda were the two pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, whose slow and steady journey to mating season has been vicariously lapped up by the British press.

Not because they’re creeps, see; but because a panda pregnancy will be a feat against all the odds—the female is in season for just 48 hours. Also, the couple have only known each other for just over a year, so although it’s not quite celebrity speed, it’s pretty quick. Last year, they tried to breed unsuccessfully. This year, we were told when we visited last week, Tian Tian has been calling to Yang Guang with “much more urgency,” making the scientists think they might just hit the jackpot.

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The National Zoo's Live-Tweeting Just Gets Cuter and Cuter

February 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

Elementary logic: all organizations are increasingly leveraging social media, zoos are organizations, therefore zoos are increasingly leveraging social media. What differentiates zoos from other groups, of course, is that their tweets, posts, photos, and videos are much, much cuter.

Our beloved San Diego Zoo probably sets the standard for social media completionism—their annual Panda Week activities are to the point—but the National Zoo in Washington, DC is not far behind. Last year they live-tweeted the artificial insemination of a giant panda and the subsequent birth of the panda baby. Both of those were neat but not particularly cute.

The zoo's most recent live-tweeted event did much better on the cuteness front: photos and descriptions of elephant baths.

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Run Around Zoo Miami to Help a New Children's School in Haiti

Where: 12400 Southwest 152nd Street [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33177
October 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday in Miami, not all of them good for you. On the wholesome end of the scale, there are things like a trip to the zoo or working up a sweat with a nice, long walk or run. Even better: here's a way to knock both of those tasks off your to-do list and earn major feel-good vibes to boot.

This Saturday, the Miami chapter of charitable organization Hand in Hand for Haiti holds its annual 5K Walk/Run at Zoo Miami. If you live in the area or are in town for a visit, it's the best way to start off your weekend. (No one gets out of bed before noon on South Beach anyway.)

It all begins at 8 am and, if you register in advance, you score admission to Zoo Miami immediately after the Walk/Run. The fee is $25, but if you wait until the day of the event it jumps to $30.

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