Baby &Kids · Education

Fun Animal Facts and Zoo Savings

During the summer months, kids should still stay engaged in educational pursuits so they don’t do a backslide, but you can stay a little more lax. Let them learn about things that are interesting and enjoyable to them.

One thing most children are fascinated by are animals. To help bring you a little free education, we have some fascinating facts about some interesting wild creatures. To round out the learning process, you can take your little one to the zoo to observe the animals they have learned so much about. Don’t worry; we’ll tell you how to save on that, too.

Clouded Leopard

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The clouded leopard is an animal that we don’t know a lot about. It’s very difficult to find one in the wild, so we don’t even know how many exist. All we know about them has been observed in captivity.

They have very flexible ankles and long, sharp claws that allow them to hang upside down from trees, though they eat most of their food and do most of their hunting on the ground. They also have the largest canine teeth proportionate to their body size of all the wild cats.

Koalas

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Koalas actually aren’t bears. They’re marsupials like wombats and kangaroos! That means that they carry their young in a pouch that opens up through a hole in their belly until the baby is ready to survive out in the real world.

They eat eucalyptus leaves, which are poisonous to most other animals, but the koala has a special bacteria in their stomach that allows them to eat these leaves unharmed. They will only eat the best of the best leaves, and because their diet is very low calorie, they don’t have a lot of energy so they sleep for an average of 20 hours per day.

Green Anaconda

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The green anaconda lives in wet, warm places in South America. The heaviest snake in the world, females are actually larger than males. It kills its prey by squeezing them until they can’t breathe anymore. Then, it eat them whole by unhinging its jaw so it can take a big bite. Believe it or not, they are not venomous!

Save on the Zoo

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We did promise saving tips for your zoo trip! The first thing to do is to look for free days. Maybe your work or community organization has a special day with your local zoo for free or reduced admission. Or maybe, like residents of New York City, you have a weekly free day every single week.

Another place to look for discounts is at places in your community that sell tickets to local events. Maybe it’s a grocery store or a mom and pop convenience shop. But they likely have deals set up with local attractions, sometimes including the zoo.

If you or your partner are a nontraditional student, check with your student life office. They often have free or reduced price tickets for attractions such as the zoo. Alternatively, your student ID may get you a certain percentage off at the gate! The same may be true of those holding military IDs.

Of course, you should also check and see if there are any promo codes for you local zoo. For example, the San Diego Zoo has lots of promo codes out right now, from $4 off tickets to up to 50% off admission.