The final Jeopardy answer is: "It looks like a dark-pink sausage with a tail. Its skin is quite wrinkly, which helps it slide through tunnels. It turns around and moves forward and backward easily within its tunnel. It has no external ears. It has tiny eyes that are virtually blind. It maintains a body temperature of about 88 degrees Fahrenheit. When they get cold, they huddle together. When they get too warm, they separate."
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