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Take Your Beau to the Hattiesburg Zoo

I hope all you LSU fans made that rhyme in the header work… Moving on, the bronze statues at the Hattiesburg Zoo entrance tell the tragic story of Hattie the elephant and her deep friendship with a one-horned goat. In 1974, a flash flood claimed her furry friend. Broken-hearted, she laid down, never to get up again. Hopefully, you find that kind of love at the zoo without all the death stuff.

Going to the zoo is an act of service for all their work in the community and beyond. You can purchase a keepsake wristband that supports the zoo’s conservation activities. Projects they support include the Giant Anteater Fund, the Jaguar SSP conservation initiative in Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, recycling Mardi Gras beads, and saving critically endangered frogs in the Mississippi bayou.

The zoo isn’t just a thing to do with kids; it’s a fun thing for couples to do in Hattiesburg too. It is filled with fun date ideas, including their world-famous sloth experience. There are also adult-only nights for tacos and tequila and bourbon and blues.

We take animal welfare seriously here at Coleman Concierge, so before we posted about the sloth encounter, we had a sit-down with Jeremy Cumpton, Director of Conservation, Education, and Wildlife, about how the interactions affected the sloths. He said that they seemed happy, but they wanted to be sure, so they tested the cortisol levels in their poo. The scoop from the poop was that the Hattiesburg sloths were less stressed than the average sloths without interactions. Who would have thought that the sloths’ language of love was physical touch?

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