Detroit Zoo Hosts Love Gone Wild


The Detroit Zoo will host the fifth annual Love Gone Wild, an event that invites visitors to learn about the intimacy of animal residents, on Valentine’s Day.

“Whether it’s in prolonged public bouts of coitus or brief clandestine assignations, sex among the animals happens at the zoo,” says Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer at the zoo. “We’re usually involved in planning or facilitating it, and we’re always watching for it, but we don’t often talk about it. One night each year, we not only talk about it, we name names and show pictures.”

Carter says he will share stories of encounters that take place May-Dec, unrequited love, mate swapping, and positions not found in the Kama Sutra. The adult-themed exposé reveals details of the mating of animals that are not always visible to Zoo visitors.

Open to guests 21 and older and held in the Ford Education Center, Love Gone Wild also features hors d’oeuvres from Dining in the Wild, two drinks, and a commemorative gift. Guests may choose between two times — 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

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