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Check Out the Wallaby Walkabout at the Toledo Zoo’s Vineyard

Posted Jun 7th, 2013 by Sarah Boisvert  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Adventure Close to Home

For a change of pace without hopping on an international flight, you can plan a memorable adventure at the Toledo Zoo. This world-renowned zoo is home to the world’s first Hippoquarium, an underwater viewing area where patrons can watch the daily activity of a hippopotamus family.

The zoo exhibits more than 5,000 animals, including polar bears, elephants, cheetahs, snow leopards, orangutans, gray wolves, gorillas, African dogs, and a variety of monkeys. The zoo also hosts a summer concert series (Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues, and Sheryl Crow have all played here), and a number of other fun family events throughout the year.

Of particular note is the new Wallaby Walkabout. You can marvel at the fascinating world Down Under, all the while enjoying the finer things in life on a Vineyard Adventure. Each Vineyard Adventure evening is based on a unique theme and is spent at a different location at the zoo. At each event, you will enjoy a delectable mix of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and socializing. Vineyard Adventures also make great girls’ nights out or just fun getaways for friends and family.

Up Top Down Under

Your Australian Wallaby Walkabout adventure starts with a stroll through the Wallaby exhibit near the zoo’s award-winning aviary. Have a close encounter with these gentle marsupials, which are cousins to kangaroos.

Considerably less gentle than wallabies, you will meet the cassowaries, tall, aggressive birds with dagger-like claws that can jump up five feet, and are great swimmers.

If that doesn’t put some thrill in your vino, continue on to the Reptile House and become friendly with a taipan, a highly venomous snake known for its intelligence and nervous temperament. Nearby, a death adder may be lounging lazily, but don’t get too personal because this attractive reptile is likely just showing off its ambushing ability, as when the creature moves, it has one of the quickest and most deadly strikes in the world.

Don’t miss the huge saltwater crocodile, either.

In the Museum of Science, you can get lost marveling at the wonders under Down Under in the 360-gallon Great Barrier Reef Exhibit, showcasing the stunning variety of marine life swimming in Australia’s coastal waters.

Meanwhile, near Tiger Terrace, look for some animals that may seem a lot like your dog at home, but perhaps you will think twice before taking an untamed dingo into your home after learning about their wild ways. Dingoes are quite different from domesticated dogs, more closely related to wolves than to your sweet puppy. Living isolated in Australia for so many thousands of years has helped them keep some unusual feral characteristics.

Come see the cool animals, enjoy some fun Australian-themed activities, and check out some great entertainment. Click here for a complete schedule of all festivities. Wild Walkabout is a great experience, but it won’t around forever—-visit before it all hops away on September 2!

Support Life with Love

Perhaps the most important part of Vineyard Adventure is that while you are enjoying gourmet champagnes and wines from around the world, fine foods, in an elegant setting unlike anyplace else, you can feel great about supporting the Toledo Zoo. Help the zoo maintain leadership in global wildlife conservation and commitment to inspiring everyone to join in their mission of caring for animals, preserving our natural world and working towards a better future for all living things.

You must be 21 or over to attend any Vineyard Adventure. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and reservations are required. Tickets are $35 for zoo members and $40 for non-members.

Sarah Boisvert writes about a variety of topics and has done profiles on Gary Crittenden, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet.

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