Zoo offers peek into sex lives of animals
Bay City News
February 10, 2008
The San Francisco Zoo's 19th annual Valentine's-themed adventure
featuring a humorous exploration into the sexual behavior of animals
kicked off yesterday.
"Woo at the Zoo" educates guests through a multimedia
presentation and up-close encounters with various creatures inside
the zoo's Osher Great Hall, according to zoo officials. The 90-minute
program offers a scientific look at animal reproduction, choosing
mates and raising families.
"This is one of the most popular programs that the zoo has
to offer going into its 19th year," zoo spokesman Paul Garcia
Led by former penguin keeper Jane Tollini, the event is being,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. In addition, there will
be brunch presentations today and on Feb. 17.
Topics will include how rhinoceros' foreplay lasts for a more
than a month while mating occurs only once a year, and how giraffes
neck during courtship. Tollini also will discuss how opossums
that have two wombs can get pregnant while they're already pregnant
and how banana slugs are hermaphrodites, Garcia said.
The presentation will also illustrate how species maintain their
populations and how the zoo assists in the reproductive process.
Tickets are $75, which includes a multimedia presentation, up-close
animal encounters, refreshments, parking and zoo admission.
"Woo at the Zoo" is limited to guests 21 years or older.
Advance purchases and reservations are required.
More information is available by calling (415) 753-7236 or by
visiting the calendar of events at http://www.sfzoo.org.