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Warm up at Mesker Park Zoo's "Romance in the Rainforest"

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Courtesy: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Courtesy: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden
Courtesy: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden Courtesy: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden wants to help you warm up this weekend.

Thursday is the last day to purchase tickets to the zoo's "Romance in the Rainforest" event, which is a preview to Orchid Escape.

Friday night, February 7, at "Romance in the Rainforest" guests can enjoy 76 degree weather while admiring waterfalls, blooming orchids and exotic animals inside Amazonia. 

The event features a progressive dinner with South American foods, a silent auction benefiting the Evansville Zoological Society, art demonstrations, live music and a chocolate dessert bar.

The auction features custom art pieces, unique orchids, jewelry and a private dinner at the zoo.

Parking is available by the zoo's main entrance.  Check-in takes place at the Lounge (Gift Shop).  From there guests will take a tram to Orchid Escape.  The first tram leaves at 6:15 p.m.

The zoo recommends guests arrive between 6:00 and 6:45 p.m.  A ticket confirmation email and valid photo ID are required.

Guests are advised to dress for the weather (short sleeves) and wear comfortable shoes since they will be able to walk the path through Amazonia.

Tickets are $50 a person, and you must be at least 21 years old to attend.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/romance-in-the-rainforest-an-orchid-escape-preview-tickets-9675729367?aff=rss.

Orchid Escape begins Saturday, February 8, and runs through March 15.

For more information, visit Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden's web site, www.meskerparkzoo.com.

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