When: Sat February 11 , 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Zoo's Historic Mansion House


Sex at the Zoo, Presented by The Towson University Alumni Association and Whole Foods Market

Ditch the typical dinner date and do something really wild this Valentine’s.

Discover the secrets, scandals and shockingly true facts about animal courtship. Go inside the rarely discussed world of wildlife matchmaking at zoos and the behind-the-scenes work that leads to love. Held on the Zoo’s historic Mansion House porch, this event is both fascinating and fun for couples looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience. This adult-oriented evening also includes an open bar of beer, wine, and soft drinks, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and live music by Jazz Caravan (all guests must be over 21 years old). Plus, don’t miss special appearances and photo opportunities with some of the Zoo’s own animals. Attire is business, but feel free to show your “wild” side!

Missed your chance to get tickets? Surprise your sweetheart with flowers while getting a sweet deal too. Event sponsor Whole Foods Market offers double dozen Whole Trade roses for $24.99 in February. Shop online.



  • Free parking at the Zoo’s Mansion House
  • Complimentary Coat Check

Event Speakers:


Associate Veterinarian

Dr Sam_web sizeDr. Sam received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois. She then went on to complete two internships, the first in small animal medicine, and the second in zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois. Afterward, Dr. Sam completed a 3-year residency at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo before joining the veterinary team at The Maryland Zoo in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Sam became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. Dr. Sam loves her job for its unpredictability and the opportunities it creates for her to teach and share her passion with the next generation.


Executive Vice President For Animal Programs/ COO

baltimorezoopenguinexibit44*600Karl Kranz has worked in the zoo field for over 39 years. He has a B.A. in biology and an M.S. in biology. Karl received his zoo training at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. He spent fifteen years at the Philadelphia Zoo and four years at the Jacksonville Zoo before joining the staff of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in 2005 as General Curator. Karl has conducted fieldwork in West Africa and northern South America. Karl has published over 20 journal articles and book chapters ranging from the status and distribution of duikers in West Africa to the structure of mammalian hair.

We hope you can join us for this truly one of a kind evening event.  Love will definitely be in the air!


Questions? Email us at events@marylandzoo.org or call 443-552-5276.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without roses! Whole Foods Market has the best quality Whole Trade Roses – a double dozen for only $24.99! Visit the store or order online starting in February. Shop online