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Speed dating turns into a zoo

<p>Animal instincts sometimes go hand in hand when it comes to a successful date. That’s why Edmonton’s Valley Zoo might just be the No. 1 spot for singles for three days beginning Valentine’s Day.</p><p></p>

Singles mingle with the animals



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Two red-necked wallabies get friendly at the Valley Zoo in preparation for February’s speed-dating event.




«This is a great ice-breaking opportunity and what better way to learn about romance than watching our friends in the animal kingdom. »





Animal instincts sometimes go hand in hand when it comes to a successful date.



That’s why Edmonton’s Valley Zoo might just be the No. 1 spot for singles for three days beginning Valentine’s Day.



The zoo and its staff are hosting a series of speed-date nights in an event dubbed Animal Attraction, and as they match suitable candidates during the eight-minute sessions, zoo staffers will show off animals while offering lectures on animal mating habits.



"The lectures will simply be a bit of an ice breaker for the singles," said Tyler Pollock, an events coordinator with the Valley Zoo.



As the sessions continue and once singles begin to narrow down potential suitors, zoo staff will offer couples the chance to interact with some of its animals.



Once there’s a match, an Edmonton-based speed-dating service, Eight Minute Date, will hand over the necessary contact information.



"This is a great ice-breaking opportunity and what better way to learn about romance than watching our friends in the animal kingdom," said Pollock.



Pollock says with speed dating’s rise in popularity, zoo staff hopes it will bring in higher attendance numbers this winter since it’s mostly open year round.



Pollock believes the indoor event is expected to sell out later this week.



Tickets for the event are $40.



Singles looking for a booking can call 496-2925 or can buy a ticket by checking out www.eightminute date.ca.




jeff.cummings@metronews.ca


 
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