Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s 2013 Season Includes New Spinning Roller Coaster

SANTA CRUZ, CA, 2013-05-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — California’s historic seaside amusement park will introduce the only spinning roller coaster in Northern California this summer. The new $6 million dollar roller coaster, named Undertow, was manufactured by German coaster specialist Maurer Sohne. Unlike most roller coasters which carry an entire trainload of riders, Undertow uses individual cars… Read the full press release

Kings Island’s Congo Falls celebrates 25 years of cool, wet and wild thrills this season

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-04-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — Congo Falls, built by Intamin of Zurich, Switzerland, opened at Kings Island in 1988. The ride is located over a lake in the Action Zone area of the park. Huge Congo Falls boats – each nearly 16 feet long and carrying 20 passengers – climb steadily above tree level then… Read the full press release

BRADY BUNCH STARS RETURNING TO KINGS ISLAND

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-04-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — If you grew up in the 1970’s, chances are you really had two families: your own and The Brady Bunch. One of the grooviest sitcoms of the era, The Brady Bunch filmed one of its most popular episodes at Kings Island. The episode, called “The Cincinnati Kids,” was filmed at Kings Island… Read the full press release

World’s Largest Animatronic Dinosaur Set To Storm Kings Island This Spring

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-04-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — One of the largest creatures to ever lumber the earth is set to storm Kings Island this spring, in all its roaring glory with the arrival of a life-size Sauroposeidon, the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur. Even the tallest guests at Dinosaurs Alive! may feel a little small standing next to Sauroposeidon…. Read the full press release

KINGS ISLAND TO HOST INAUGURAL OPENING DAY KOMEN COLOR ME PINK 5K APRIL 27

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The most colorful Opening Day in Kings Island’s tradition-steeped history takes place Saturday, April 27, when the 364-acre amusement and waterpark hosts the inaugural Komen Color Me Pink 5k Walk/Run to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Color Me Pink 5k features a… Read the full press release

Lifeguard Positions Available at Kings Island’s Soak City Waterpark

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-02-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Want an exciting job where you can be outside all summer? Apply to be a lifeguard at Kings Island’s Soak City Waterpark. Kings Island provides the award-winning Ellis & Associates training program at no cost to lifeguard candidates. Soak City lifeguards receive competitive pay rates, great hours and the… Read the full press release

X-RAYS INDICATE THAT BILL SIZE MATTERS IN SPARROWS’ QUEST FOR TRUE LOVE

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating? Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute sought to answer this question using digital X-rays to examine thousands of horny bills from its bird collection and specimen loans from other museums. The results published recently in Ecology and Evolution suggest that beaks… Read the full press release

Jaguars at San Diego Zoo Receive Early Valentine’s Day Treat

Jaguars at San Diego Zoo Receive Early Valentine’s Day Treat: Heart-Shaped “Bloodsicles” 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The jaguar family at the San Diego Zoo received the ‘purr-fect’ gesture of love from their keepers this morning: an early Valentine’s Day gift in the form of heart-shaped bloodsicles. Five-year-old Nindiri licked and savored her delectable treat made of… Read the full press release

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Spring Fling!

Knott's Berry Farm's Spring Fling!

Knott’s Spring Fling! Knott’s Offers Family-Size Fun March 23 through April 7 Buena Park, CA – 2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Knott’s Berry Farm, where fun is always growing, will be celebrating the coming of spring in a BIG way with live entertainment, interactive games and food and wine events starting March 23rd. From Ghost Town to… Read the full press release

San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cub – Happy at Home

Happy at Home 2013-01-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The San Diego Zoo’s panda cub, Xiao Liwu, is enjoying his new home and getting comfortable in his new surroundings. Xiao Liwu has been climbing up into the trees in his new habitat and enjoys sitting up in the branches, as well as taking naps in the sunshine. Since… Read the full press release

Kempinski Opens Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp

Luxurious 12 Tent Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy – Complete with over two million wildebeest, zebras and the world’s largest lion population Geneva, Switzerland, 2013-01-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Kempinski Hotels today (January 15, 2013) opened the doors (or rather tent flaps) to its all-inclusive Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp. As the company’s… Read the full press release

NATIONAL ZOO ORANGUTANS TURN HIGH-TECH WITH APPS FOR APES

ORANGUTAN OUTREACH PROGRAM PROVIDES ENRICHMENT AND PROMOTES CONSERVATION To download images, visit the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Flickr page. Created with flickr slideshow. 2013-01-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — When great ape keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo were deciding how to add more variety and enrichment to their animals’ lives, they turned to Orangutan Outreach and a program that had… Read the full press release

Furry February Fun at ZooAmerica

Guests Enjoy Chocolate-Themed Events, Teddy Bears and Discounts  Hershey, Pa., 2013-01-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park participates in Hershey’s month-long, destination-wide celebration of all things chocolate, Chocolate-Covered February, throughout the month of February. In addition to chocolate-themed events, the Zoo hosts a teddy bear clinic and offers Friday discounts. All special events and activities are free with… Read the full press release

The InterContinental Montreal Joins with the Montreal Snow Village to Bring to Life “New York on Ice”

MONTREAL, 2013-01-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — The InterContinental® Montreal is proud to join the Montreal Snow Village and Ice Hotel, a Nordic experience set to dazzle and delight visitors looking for a unique adventure. The Village, which is North America’s first and only entire village made of snow and ice, will officially open on Tuesday, January 22nd in the city’s… Read the full press release

Polar Plungers Freezin for a Reason at Columbus Zoo

Powell, OH, 2013-01-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Special Olympics Ohio and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcome the Polar Plunge to the Zoo for the third year on Sat. February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Polar Plunge at the Columbus Zoo is one of nine Polar Plunge fundraising events in Ohio to raise funds for Special… Read the full press release

Rhino Calf Gets Bottle Feeding from Keepers at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

2013-01-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park gave five-week-old rhino calf Shomili, or Mili, as keepers call her, a bottle feeding as part of her daily nutritional routine this morning.  Animal care has been giving the greater one-horned rhino calf bottle feedings since first time mother Sundari has not been able… Read the full press release

ANDAZI THE EASTERN BLACK RHINOCEROS IS EXPECTING

Birth expected in August or September would be a first for Zoo Atlanta ATLANTA, 2013-01-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Andazi, a 6-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, is expecting her first calf. The new arrival would be the first black rhino calf ever born at Zoo Atlanta. Andazi and 8-year-old male Utenzi mated for the first time on May… Read the full press release

Lincoln Park Zoo veterinarian becomes first American, first woman to achieve elite certification with European College of Zoological Medicine

CHICAGO, 2013-01-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Kathryn Gamble, DVM, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Dr. Lester E Fisher director of veterinary medicine recently became the first American – and first woman – to be awarded Diplomate status within the Zoo Health Management subspecialty by the European College of Zoological Medicine, an elite certification recognizing exceptional expertise in this specialty…. Read the full press release

Woodland Park Zoo to open new exhibit, welcome new animals in 2013

SEATTLE, 2013-01-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Woodland Park Zoo will open the first phase of its new Asian tropical forest exhibit in 2013, including Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary and kid’s nature play area. In addition, the public is expected to get its first look at the zoo’s four new lion cubs in late spring.These exciting… Read the full press release

SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER KATHY BRADER RECEIVES ORDER OF MERIT

NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY RECOGNIZES KIWI CONSERVATION EFFORTS 2013-01-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a global leader in brown kiwi conservation largely because of Animal Keeper Kathy Brader’s efforts, and her devotion to this endangered species was honored recently by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key. On Jan. 1, Key appointed… Read the full press release

Indianapolis Zoo: Tickets Now Available for Zoolala Presented by Lockhart Cadillac

Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council hosting inaugural event for emerging area leaders INDIANAPOLIS, 2013-01-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Emerging and aspiring leaders from across Central Indiana are invited to join the Indianapolis Zoo for a vibrant evening of great food and live music during Zoolala presented by Lockhart Cadillac. The inaugural event will take place from 7:30pm to midnight… Read the full press release

Biggest Ever ZooLights Smashes Lincoln Park Zoo Record

Over 420,000 Merry Makers Visited Beloved Holiday Event Chicago, 2013-01-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — With a record-breaking 420,484 attendees this season, ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One once again established itself as Chicago’s ultimate holiday must-do. And of those nearly half a million attendees, at least nine lucky ladies ended up with the ultimate stocking stuffer –… Read the full press release

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Enjoy Half-Price Admission and Family Free Days at the Zoo

POWELL, OH, 2013-01-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Suffering from a case of the winter weather blues? Half-price admission and family free days at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium cure the most severe cases of cabin fever! Guests enjoy 50 percent off all admission prices during the months of January and February. Admission rates during this time are $7.50… Read the full press release

SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN BORN BY CAESAREAN SECTION AT ZOO ATLANTA

Blaze and her first surviving infant are progressing normally ATLANTA, 2013-01-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Blaze, a 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a male infant on January 10, 2013. The newborn was delivered via Caesarean section with the consultation of an extensive pre-appointed medical team that comprised human obstetricians, neonatologists and veterinary anesthesiologists. Blaze’s Caesarean section is one… Read the full press release

San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cub Explores Outside Habitat, Greets Public for First Time

2013-01-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — It was a big day for the San Diego Zoo’s panda cub, Xiao Liwu: this was his first time in front of onlookers. The cub stepped into the outside habitat by himself this morning and climbed through the bamboo as employees and media representatives got their first glimpses of the five-month-old cub. Panda… Read the full press release

WEANING PROCESS HAS BEGUN FOR PO THE GIANT PANDA

Lun Lun and her youngest began gradually spending time apart on January 3 ATLANTA, 2013-01-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Po the giant panda cub is officially on his way to life as an independent bear. The weaning process for Po began on January 3, 2013. Now 26 months old, Po is older than the average age of… Read the full press release

2012 WAS ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKER FOR ZOO ATLANTA

The year was the second most-attended year in Zoo Atlanta history  ATLANTA, 2013-01-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Zoo Atlanta is Atlanta’s oldest cultural destination, but its 2012 attendance was the second-highest ever noted in the organization’s more than 123-year history, forecasting a future of continued growth. The year’s attendance of 866,425 guests is now second only to… Read the full press release

Community Weekend Discount Offers at ZooAmerica and The Hershey Story Museum

Hershey, Pa., 2013-01-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Milton S. Hershey wanted to create a model town for the people in his community. Following in his footsteps of giving back to the community, guests visiting ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 receive free or… Read the full press release

Just in time for the New Year, more ways to redeem Marriott Rewards® points

2013-01-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott Rewards has expanded its award offerings through SkyMall Ventures, Inc. (SMV)with a huge variety of new experiences such as special event tickets, sporting events, concerts, amusement parks; and downloadable entertainment, including seven million music tracks, more than 250,000 ebooks and audio books, and thousands of television shows and recent movie releases. … Read the full press release

KNOTT’S OFFERS DISCOUNTED ADMISSION FOR GUESTS BRINGING IN CANNED FOOD

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE KNOTT’S OFFERS DISCOUNTED ADMISSION FOR GUESTS BRINGING CANNED FOOD BUENA PARK, Calif. -2013-01-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — With an estimated 400,000 people at risk of facing hunger every month in Orange County, 42% of whom are children, Knott’s Berry Farm has once again partnered with the Orange County Food Bank to help… Read the full press release