Cold-blooded animals' body temperatures rely on external forces, such as the hot rays of the sun, icy gusts of wind, or the cool blast of a favorite chewing gum. Ogle nature's thermometers with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $14 for a close-up one-on-one animal experience for one person ($29 value)
- $14 for a one-year pass good for unlimited zoo visits for one person ($29 value)
- $29 for a VIP after-hours zoo tour for up to five people, valid Monday–Thursday ($99 value)
- $49 for one $100 gift certificate, plus two additional $100 gift certificates to be donated to the public school, scout group, or public library of your choice ($100 value)
During the up-close animal experience, a professional reptile keeper helps guests choose the animal they'd like to encounter from a selection that may include lizards, baby crocodiles, and giant snakes. After a private lesson about the chosen animal, guests get to hold it for several minutes. For this option, the zoo's share of profit will go to its educational fund. The VIP tour grants groups of up to five people with their own tour guide and the chance to pet and feed several animals. For the gift-certificate option, customers may provide the address of the facility to which they'd like to donate, and the zoo will mail the gift certificates to them.
Cold Blooded Encounters
An affable red-footed tortoise named Confucius and a gentle black rat snake named Oreo greet visitors at Cold Blooded Encounters as founder Sean Amidon, a former reptile handler at Disney's Animal Kingdom, supplies a steady stream of compelling facts. Secluded and multispecies habitats house more than 150 species of amphibians, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates, including fire salamanders, jewel cichlids, Kenyan sand boas, and whip scorpions. Annual memberships grant gift-shop discounts, guest passes, and a family photo posed with an animal. Cold Blooded Encounters also reaches out to school groups from preschools to colleges with effusive educational programs and sends ambassadors to birthday parties, where children can help feed turtles or pose for photos with 8-foot snakes.