Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo" before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-year Giraffe Level membership at Abilene Zoo (a $100 value).
The 13-acre Abilene Zoo delights visitors with more than 600 animals from more than 200 species. Guests gaze upon bobcats, flamingos, and giraffes before visiting the new bird gardens, where road runners and burrowing owls face off in feather fluffing tournaments. The zoo participates in conservation efforts for African lions, black rhinos, and ring-tailed lemurs, as well as other threatened and endangered creatures, and the Abilene Reporter-News recently profiled their new horticulturist, who has helmed a “green renaissance” at the facility.
Giraffe membership allows for three authorized cardholders, who can bring up to nine guests per visit, for a total group of ten, to admire the rippling paces of a Bengal tiger or sketch the coils of a reticulated python to prove a perfect circle can be free-handed. Patrons also receive four complimentary guest passes and enjoy a discount on educational programming, including classes such as Christmas for the Animals, during which youngsters make toys for the animals to play with. Members enjoy 10% off at the zoo store and receive the quarterly Pronghorn Press, the Abilene Zoological Society newsletter, and members-only z-mail, which includes the monthly “Critter’s Corner.”