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Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Fleas Do It

BUT, WE THINK, EVEN COLE PORTER might have been flummoxed had he envisioned gray tree frogs mating in groups of 30. Such are the facts of life in the animal kingdom. At the Houston Zoo on February 12-14, zoo director Rick Barongi offers “Go Wild For Love” Valentine’s lectures, where he’ll explore the exotic rituals of animal courtship and consummation after guests enjoy a gourmet brunch or dinner buffet ($30 for nonmembers).

If you think a dozen roses are the way to shower your sweetie with romance, consider the great effort of the red-crowned crane, which prances, leaps, tosses grass and sticks into the air, and performs an ear-ringing serenade. (Come to think of it, that would be impressive.) Call 713/533-6500; www.houstonzoo.org.

From the March 2006 issue.

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