By Ché Blackwood

Get close with nature’s more cuddly side by visiting a zoo with your sweetheart.  Watch the penguins swim and the tigers playfully wrestle while spending an afternoon outside in the fresh air.  Get a load of the variety of other creatures sharing our Earth by checking out giraffes, gorillas and leopards with the person you love most.

If you want to get really close to Mother Nature, visit a petting zoo.  While you may not spot any lions, you’ll have the chance to touch gentle animals like sheep, pigs and goats.  Make sure to leave a donation before heading home to ensure zoos and other animal friendly organizations can continue their work.

If sea creatures are more up your alley, visit an aquarium.  Watching sharks glide through the water and jelly fish pulsate will leave you relaxed and in awe.  Monkeying around and learning at the same time will leave you and your date with plenty of ideas for recreating the moment.

What animal do you love to visit at your local zoo? Tell us in the comments below!