Zoos make it possible for people to see how animals interact with their environments and for animals to see how people interact with their weird, hairless babies. Witness the wonders of nature with this Groupon.
- $195 for VIP admission for one to Feast with the Beasts and a private tour ($470 value)
The Feast with the Beasts fundraiser, which takes place Friday, March 7, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., will welcome VIP visitors one hour early to taste the offerings of up to 40 restaurants, caterers, and dessert companies in a festival-style environment. In addition, up to eight Bacardi-sponsored bars will serve up drinks, while four entertainment stations fill the air with dance-friendly music. At the end of the walk-through, a hookah lounge will feature belly dancers and entertainers on a dance floor. VIP ticket-holders will get early entrance to the event—starting at 7 p.m.—and access to up to five higher-end restaurants.
Groupon customers must schedule their own private tour for later in the year, which is valid for up to four people aged 3 or older (regular zoo admission is also included). A staff member or volunteer takes the group around the zoo on a golf cart for 90 minutes and offers them a chance to feed a really tall giraffe.
Imagine standing eye level with a giraffe, holding out your arm for parrots to land on, or touching the head of an endangered rhino. At Zoo Miami, these experiences happen every day, fulfilling the institution's mission of encouraging the conservation of wildlife. More than 3,000 animals—from chimps to tigers—populate the African, Asian, and Australian lobes of the zoo. Many of the individual exhibitions don't use cages, but are instead bound by moats throughout more than three miles of walking trails. This setup allows guests to get closer to animals as they romp in their habitats. More than 1,200 plant species populate these habitats, which are re-creations of the animals' native environments.
Guests can use free WiFi to download a free mobile app for iPhones and Androids. The app then delivers functions such as location beacons so that family members keep track of one another, show times, and GPS-enabled maps that show the nearest dining venue or restroom. Transportation options within the zoo range from an air-conditioned monorail to tram tours, which provide insights such as which animals have recently had babies, what they named the babies, and each baby's first word. Developed specifically for kids, a children's zoo offers camel encounters and a playground.