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Fun, Frisky and Free Valentine-Themed Event at National Zoo

Looking for the wildest way to celebrate Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Attend the Smithsonian's National Zoo's friskiest and fun-filled FREE event: Woo at the Zoo Thursday, February 12. This extraordinary evening, open to both singles and sweethearts, is a light-hearted exploration into the sexual behaviors of animals. Hosted by the Zoo's most charismatic animal experts, Woo at the Zoo presents an opportunity to learn about animal mating, dating and reproductive habits in an honest and humorous forum. Woo at the Zoo poses the ideal price point — it's FREE — and includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and a special Valentine treat for all attendees.

Woo at the Zoo presentations will feature a scientific (yet entertaining) look at the more remarkable animal facts on reproduction, choosing mates and raising families. Did you know there is an avenue for computer dating for Zoo animals – their own match.com that helps find the perfect mate for many species? In other instances, it's all about the animals' own distinctive abilities; some birds choose a mate with the best nest construction skills, while sea horses and some cranes have an incredible mating dance. Unfathomably, it is uniquely possible for female opossums to get pregnant while they're pregnant.

Talk about 'jungle love?!!'... this evening will be full of incredible anecdotes and 'wild' information, said Woo at the Zoo presenter, Brandie Smith, senior curator of animals. Whether covered in fur, feathers or scales, from courtship to consummation, you will be amazed to learn that many species indulge in unimaginably exotic romantic rituals.

Sponsors of the event include Mix 107.3 FM and Whole Foods Market as well as yelp.com. Attendees will receive a complimentary long stem rose from Whole Foods Market. All the fun takes place in the Zoo's Visitor's Center auditorium where Zoo guests also have an opportunity to create personal Valentines for loved ones. Woo at the Zoo is for adults (ages 21+) and reservations are mandatory; choose from two presentation time slots: 6–7:30 p.m. or 8:00–9:30 p.m. at the National Zoo's website, www.nationalzoo.si.edu.

Parking for the event is free (lots A and B) for FONZ members ($5 for non-members) and like admission to the Zoo itself, Woo at the Zoo is also free!