If you responded, "What is a naked mole rat, Alex?" you win.
The new Naked Mole Rat Exhibit opens Saturday, April 24, with the fanfare of a "Naked Mole Rat Weekend." Children may pick up a passport to activities at either zoo entrance. These activities, held in the center of the zoo, include travel through a naked-mole-rat tunnel, the making of naked-mole-rat masks, dancing the naked-mole-rat cha-cha and the feeding of the naked-mole-rat queen. (Naked mole rats live in colonies and have social lives similar to termites, ants, bees and consultants.)
Children's Zoo admission is free from 9-10 a.m. and $3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children with completed passports get $1 off admission. Take the whole family for cries of "Oooh, gross!" and the occasional comment about the first time a youngster saw Grandpa naked.
-- Eddie Silva