Is there any better way to spend the holiday of love than a biology lesson about how different animals procreate?
That probably depends on the person, but any one or couple who does feel that way (and is at least 21) can do so at the Detroit Zoo’s fifth annual Love Gone Wild this Valentine’s Day.
To keep the possible dates from getting hungry while at their night of casual education, strolling hors d’oeuvres prepared by the zoo’s culinary team from Dining in the Wild will be available. You’ll also get two drinks and a mystery gift.
For the first time this year interested parties can choose between two times … 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center.
More than just the drinks make this an adult event. Every type of relationship will be discussed by Detroit Zoological Society Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter. They will range from stories of passionate – sometimes tawdry – encounters, May-December romances, unrequited love, mate swapping and an in-depth look at positions behind many human imaginations.
These are not the type of things discussed or often seen on a nice afternoon visit with the kids to the zoo in May.
“Whether it’s in prolonged public bouts of coitus or brief clandestine assignations, sex among the animals happens at the zoo,” says Carter. “We’re usually involved in planning or facilitating it, and we’re always watching for it, but we don’t often talk about it. One night each year, we not only talk about it, we name names and show pictures.”
The planet gets some love as well. The menu has locally grown and sustainable food options and there will be environmentally friendly practices throughout the evening. It’s all part of the zoo’s ever increasing zero-waste attempts.
The cost is $40 per person for Detroit Zoological Society members and $50 per person for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at www.detroitzoo.org/events/love-gone-wild.