Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced a special day-trip excursion package to the Cape May County Park and Zoo is available for Lewes departures at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, April 21. To coincide with Earth Day activities at the zoo, the package includes round-trip foot passenger passage, motor coach transportation to and from the Cape May County Park, and admission to the zoo. The cost is $29 for adults, $18 for children ages 6-13 and $9 for children under 6.
“With more than 250 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles, the Cape May County Park and Zoo is a treasure that has something for everyone,” said Rhona Bronson, director of marketing for the ferry. “Visitors will be amazed with what the zoo has, especially if it is a first trip. The zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Cape May County and a great way to connect with nature on Earth Day!”
After the 8:45 a.m. departure from the Lewes Terminal, customers will arrive at the Cape May County Park and Zoo around 11 a.m. The motor coach will depart the zoo at 3:15 p.m. to return to Lewes aboard the 4:30 p.m. vessel departure. The Cape May County Park and Zoo has food available for purchase, and patrons may also bring their own lunch. Picnic tables are located near the entrance.
Children have the chance to meet Lex the African lion, Tysa the snow leopard, Gracie the zebra, Mork the river otter and hundreds of their friends. Trip participants can stroll the paths that wind through the wonders of nature. Children can also get a little exercise on the park’s playground and boardwalks.
The Cape May County Park and Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, placing it on a level with the finest zoos in the world. Located 15 miles north of the ferry terminal in Cape May, the zoo registered more than half a million visitors last year.
As part of the Earth Day celebration, the ferry is adding to its series of collectible marine-life cards. In 2016, the first featured an osprey to celebrate the return of the mating osprey pair at the Lewes terminal. In 2018, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin will join the osprey and the northern gannet in the collector series.
Started in 1970, Earth Day continues to focus public attention on the unique environmental challenges of the time. Earth Day is observed annually April 22 with worldwide events, activities and actions that demonstrate support for environmental protection and good stewardship of the planet.