The Racine Zoo has invited guests to sleep over with the lions, tigers and bears for the 2018 Slumber Safari. The event will have guests enjoying a pizza dinner while enjoying the sights and sounds of the zoo. A guided tour throughout the zoo is on tap as well as getting the chance to learn from the zoo’s animal ambassadors in a behind-the-scenes tour. Capping the evening, campers will watch the moon rise over Lake Michigan and s’mores around a campfire.

Guests can bring their own tent or rent one from the zoo. Guests also can add the option of a behind-the-scenes tour of the Charles and Jennifer Johnson Land of the Giants — seeing the Zoo’s giraffes and rhinos up-close, while offering the animals a late-night snack.

After a night under the stars along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, guests will enjoy a continental breakfast and have the opportunity to watch the animals enjoy their own breakfasts as the zoo opens in the morning.

The Racine Zoo’s 2018 Slumber Safari begins Friday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. and continues until 9 a.m. the following day. Registration is required. Contact the Conservation Education Department at 262-636-9580 or education@racinezoo.org to book your family.

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