Cincinnati Zoo Announces Weekly Twilight Hours for Evening Visits

Twilight Tuesdays and other Zoo news

Jun 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm
click to enlarge Black rhinos at the Cincinnati Zoo - Photo: Erica J. Hill
Photo: Erica J. Hill
Black rhinos at the Cincinnati Zoo

Can’t escape that daily 9-to-5 work grind? In desperate need of a Fiona fix?

Starting next week, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will begin hosting “Twilight Tuesdays,” aka the zoo will stay open until 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening in July. Plus, entry after 5 p.m. is half-price. For members, the deal is sweeter: evenings are free, same for those who purchased tickets June 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

“Members have been asking for more opportunities to visit in the evening,” says Membership Director TR Amrine in a press release “They want to extend their day or have the option to show up after work. The Zoo has a different feel at the end of the day, and it’s a beautiful place to wind down.”

After work, mosey down and unwind where the wild things are. You deserve it. Plus, we’re almost positive Fiona looks even more like a princess during peak golden hours, glistening skin and all.

In other zoo news: Those Spittin’ Cobra babies.

THEY’RE COMING. These little dudes missed the Zoo Babies deadline, but this week they’re starting to come out of their shells. Literally.

Mom Jackie, an Indochinese spitting cobra, laid 19 eggs in April, with a 48-70 day incubation period. They’re the first cobras to hatch in the zoo in almost 20 years.

This morning, the zoo took to the Twitter-verse to exclaim “More baby spitting cobras on the way! 😱 🐍 👍.” Below, there’s much debate on the cute factor, but bubble venom aside, we think they’re pretty damn cute — look at those beady brown-black eyes and shiny scales.

The first one is already a-movin’ and slithering, as captured by in this video via the Cincinnati Zoo.

According to the video description, the babes are being cared for behind-the-scenes. “Like a water pistol, a spitting cobra defends itself by shooting venom at an enemy’s eyes through a small hole in its bottom fangs,” it reads.

If it enters the eyes, the venom causes stinging, burning pain and you may even go blind. But, it’s only for self-defense. To kill prey, the little dudes have to inject it via biting.

Though they’re tiny now, the species can grow between 3 and 4 feet. And, in rare cases, they can even reach 5 feet.

You really don’t have to be a Slytherin/Lord Voldemort to appreciate this. Snakes need love too. Stay tuned to see the rest hatch.