The latest trend in zoo experiences across the nation from Philadelphia to Denver involves overnight visits to the zoo. Animal act differently at night, not so unlike humans who, once their daily work is done and they return home unwind in their own special ways.
After the zoo gates close and all visitors have gone home for the day, the moon rises and sheds a unique and private light on the animals that call the zoo home. Overnight visits at the zoo include a night tour for children, a midnight snack and also breakfast the next morning.
The Philadelphia Zoo, which houses some 4,000 animals and 700 different species, attracts more than 1.8 million visitors every year. Their night program, called Roars and Snores, has been in existence for the last two decades. The most popular aspect is the Night Flight Overnight Program, which allows children from the ages of 5-12 to sleep in the zoo’s tree house.
Zoo overnight stays have caught on and appeal to teenagers as well as adults. Birthday sleepovers, family and boy scout trips are all standard fare at these sleepovers, which add revenue to the zoo’s operating budget. At the Philadelphia Zoo, the cost is up to $60 per person, and the overnight over cost range at the Denver Zoo is $45-$60 depending on the group and the program.
Zoo sleepovers open up a new dimension for humans and perhaps for the animals as well.
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