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Friday, June 24, 2011

American Zoos Attract Visitors with Overnight Stays

Many zoos throughout America are attracting visitors, young and old, with overnight stays. Zoo officials and visitors agree that the experience is quite different from visiting the zoo during normal business hours, as well as educational. Visitors get to see the animals' nocturnal habits and "have the zoo to [themselves]," as one visitor put it.

The Denver Zoo has been running a nocturnal program since 1998, often tailored to the group's overnight package -- such as birthday, Scout badges, and so on. A midnight snack is provided, as is breakfast, and in some cases, nightvision goggles.

Zoos attract about 2 million visitors per year.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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