Detroit Zoo hosts Love Gone Wild February 14

Love Gone Wild - Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Birds do it. Bees do it. Find out how animals at the Detroit Zoo do it at the second annual Love Gone Wild on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Open to both singles and sweethearts 21 and older, this memorable Valentine’s Day event offers a candid, intimate and entertaining look at how some of the Detroit Zoo’s animal residents do the “wild thing”.

Hosted by Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter, the evening includes stories of passionate – sometimes tawdry – encounters, May-December romances, unrequited love and mate swapping. The adult-themed exposé reveals details of the “love lives” of animals that are not always visible to Zoo visitors or fit to print on Zoo signs.

“From prolonged public bouts of coitus to brief clandestine assignations, sex happens at the zoo. We’re usually involved in planning or facilitating it, but we don’t often talk about it. At Love Gone Wild, we not only talk about it, we show pictures,” said Carter.

Held in the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center, Love Gone Wild features a strolling supper and delectable desserts prepared by the Zoo’s culinary team from Dining in the Wild. A Champagne welcome and two drink tickets are also included.

The cost is $75 per person for Detroit Zoological Society Members and $85 per person for non-members (includes parking). Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at or by calling (248) 541-5717 (press 9).

Love Gone Wild Menu

Champagne Welcome

Butler-passed Hors d’oeuvres
Goat Cheese Royal with Beet Marmalade
Chicken Spring Rolls with Smoked Jalapeno Sour Cream
Crispy Pork and Smoked Shrimp Flatbread with Pickled Radish

Station One
Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Vine-ripe Tomatoes, Basil and Extra Virgin Oil
Baby Spinach Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Dried Cranberries
with Champagne Vinaigrette
Assorted Artisan Breads

Station Two
Braised Short Ribs with Grilled Fennel and Tri-color Potatoes
Lobster and Brie Stuffed Pork Loin with Preserved Lemon Basil Curd

Station Three
Pasta with Artichoke, Roasted Bell Peppers and Spinach in Roasted Tomato Vodka Sauce
Grilled Bok Choy, Zucchini, Squash, Asparagus, Baby Carrots and Fresh Herbs
Roasted Sweet Potatoes Mixed with a Coconut, Mushroom and Ginger Broth

Dessert Station
Petite Sweet Station with Fruit Display
Hot Cocoa and Coffee with Cordials

Includes two drink tickets. Cash bar available thereafter. 
Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit


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