Ever wondered how animals do it? Get the dirty deets with special presentations while enjoying drinks, dancing, and plenty of romance at the National Zoo.

Love is in the air, but at the National Zoo, they really mean animals! On Valentine's Day, head on over for an unforgettable date night with "Woo at the Zoo"! Between 7 and 10 p.m., visitors will get down and dirty with hysterical panels about animal sex and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Let's just say it won't be the usual dinner and movie!

WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2020 | 7-10 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian National Zoo | 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW | Washington, D.C. | View Map HERE
ADMISSION: $50 FONZ Members | $60 Non-Members | Purchase HERE


Ever wondered how animals do it? Get an eye-opening look at animal sex with two panels delivered by some of the zoo's employees. Steven Sarro, the Small Mammal House Curator, will present "Waddle I Do Without You: Penguin Speed Dating" while Chief Wildlife Veterinary Medical Officer and Director of the Global Health Program Suzan Murray will give "Performance Anxiety: Breeding at the Zoo." Not only will they make you laugh (and blush), but you'll walk away more informed than when you arrived.

Of course, Valentine's Day calls for some romance, which the entertainment will more than provide. Take a memorable selfie in the photo booth or flex your skills in a game of trivia. Imbibe on beverages including beer, wine, and spiked punch, and indulge in decadent desserts. Best of all, guests can dance their hearts out at prom with their one true love, or maybe catch the eye of someone special? Either way, you'll be living out your '80s dreams!


Tickets are $50 for FONZ members and $60 for non-members. Admission includes access to the scheduled entertainment, a souvenir event glass, complimentary goodies, and a voucher for the boozy beverage of your choice. Members will be able to purchase their tickets on January 9, while non-members will have to wait until January 16. Want to become a zoo member? You can find out more here.

Here are some things to know:

  • This event is 21+.
  • The panels are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.; you'll get to choose your time when you order your tickets.
  • Zoo parking is $15 for FONZ members and $25 for non-members.
  • For your convenience and safety, we recommend taking the Metro's Red Line to the event.


***Photos courtesy of the National Zoo's Facebook page

Will you be attending "Woo at the Zoo" this Valentine's Day? Tell us your plans in the comments!