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Photo courtesy of Franklin Park ZooNo, it's not that kind of event! But this Valentine's Day-themed program at the Franklin Park Zoo puts a new spin on the holiday devoted to love, and is an interesting alternative to the usual dinner out with your significant other. This strictly-for-adults lecture explores the private lives of animals. Do animals find each other appealing or attractive? What are the similarities and differences between human and animal courtship? What can the techniques that animals use to attract mates teach us about friendship and romance? You'll be fascinated by titillating tales from the animal kingdom because, when it comes down to it, there are more similarities than differences between people and their non-human relatives. The event features a presentation by Jennifer Gresham, Zoo New England Director of Education, with insights about the pros and cons of relationships versus staying single in the animal kingdom. When it’s over, practice your newly-learned courtship skills on your significant other -- or that cute guy or gal you’ve been eyeing across the room. Enjoy wine samples from Barefoot Wines, beer samples from Samuel Adams, cheese from Cabot and more. This event will be held at Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion, home to gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, a giant anteater, and many other animals. Fri., Feb. 15, 6-9 p.m. $25. Ages 21 and up. No one under 21 will be admitted. Each attendee must present a valid, government issued photo ID at the entrance. Tickets may be purchased online. Please enter at the giraffe entrance on Pierpont Road. Held in the Tropical Forest of the Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. www.zoonewengland.org
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.