Zoo Scraps Ticket Offer With Creation Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo has scuttled a ticket promotion after an uproar over an affiliation with a Kentucky museum that tells the Bible's version of natural history.

The offer was on the zoo's Web site on Sunday, but it was no longer available Monday afternoon. The $25.95 promotion granted admission to the zoo's holiday light show and the Creation Museum's live nativity performance.

Zoo officials contacted the Creation Museum on Monday to say they were scrapping the offer after a rash of complaints, the museum said in a statement. Calls to the zoo weren't immediately returned Monday.

Scientists and bloggers complained that the zoo should not be affiliated with a religious-based institution that dismisses evolution theory.

The Creation Museum, founded by the religious ministry Answers in Genesis, has drawn criticism from the scientific community since its opening last year. The museum is about 25 miles from the zoo.

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