Wednesday, February 9

V-Day part 2

February 11, 6-10 p.m

Looking for the wildest way to celebrate Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Attend the National Zoo's friskiest and fun-filled event!

This memorable evening, open to both singles and sweethearts, is a lighthearted exploration into the sexual behavior of animals, especially our frolicsome felines: lions and cheetahs!

These honest and humorous talks will be hosted by some of the Zoo’s most charismatic animal experts, who have first-hand experience with the Zoo's recent reproductive success in the form of seven lion cubs and two cheetah cubs.

Craig Saffoe, acting curator of great cats and Andean bears, will talk about his experiences making matches among our lion pride, and then overseeing the breedings and births that led to seven lion cubs. Lacey Braun, lead cheetah keeper at SCBI Front Royal will talk about her adventures in breeding cheetahs and cheetah cub births.

Woo at the Zoo features:

  • African lionsA complimentary red-stemmed champagne flute featuring the Woo at the Zoo logo
  • Complimentary hors d'oeuvres
  • A cash bar
  • The opportunity to decorate your own Valentines cookies for "Cookie Grams"
  • Woo at the Zoo presentation featuring an honest and humorous look at the more remarkable animal facts on reproduction, choosing mates, and raising families.
  • Free parking at the Zoo

All the fun takes place in the Zoo's Visitor Center.


FONZ members: $15 | Nonmembers: $25

Tickets for the 8:30 lecture are sold out. Tickets are still available for the 6:30 lecture.


Buy tickets at the Zoo and save money
Buy your tickets at any National Zoo gift shop between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and pay no service fees.

Buy tickets online
Buy Woo at the Zoo tickets online. It's the green option! A $2 fee per transaction applies.

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