Courtship Tails, Around the Tiers

By Suzanne Proulx

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Learn about Courtship Tails at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park will be holding our annual Valentine's Day event, Courtship Tails, for two weekends this year! This fun and often times hilarious couples' event is scheduled for Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10 and the following weekend of Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17. Couples may make reservations for tours at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. each day. Reservations are required, and each tour is limited to just four couples. Make your reservations early by calling 607-724-5461 ext 235.

During this very special event, couples are led on a fun and humorous 1 hour tour of the Binghamton Zoo. This event is adults only and makes for a unique and intimate experience of the Binghamton Zoo. Tour guides will talk about the many unique courtship displays and mating rituals of animals within the zoo and across the globe. Couples will learn answers to questions such as the following: How do porcupines mate, and which bird attracts a mate by building an elaborate multicolored bachelor pad? Plus, there are dozens and dozens of other hilarious animal mating facts to be shared! Along the tour, guests will be transported in a heated van to various stops throughout our zoo. The guided tour includes our Woodland Waters and Wolf Woods buildings, plus behind the scenes stops in our penguin and tiger backup areas! Limited walking will be required, but we encourage you to dress warm.

To fully enjoy this Valentine's Day event, wine, desserts, and hot drinks will be available along the way! Couples will have their picture taken at the start of the tour, and receive a framed copy to take home with them. All participating couples at Courtship Tails will also receive a $40 dinner voucher to Michelangelo's Restaurant, where they can enjoy a relaxing dinner together. Vouchers are valid any time throughout the month of February.

Courtship Tails is $100 per couple for members and $115 for non-member couples. Each tour includes the guided tour of the zoo, behind the scenes at our penguin and tiger exhibits, a framed photo, and the $40 dinner voucher to Michelangelo's. For reservations please call the Binghamton Zoo's Education Department at 607-724-5461 ext. 235. Make your reservations early before we sell out! For more information on the event, please visit the Binghamton Zoo's website at www.rossparkzoo.com or call the office at 607-724-5461. Proceeds from Courtship Tails go directly to helping support the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.