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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Dec 2, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    You tell 'em Harvey -- who needs those wacky scientists with all their charts, graphs, and facts? I for one don't need a scientist to tell me that dinosaurs and Moses lived at the same time.
  • by Joyce Location: Somerset on Dec 2, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    The "museum" is an embarrassment to our state, and the zoo did the smart thing in disassociating itself. So ... stay away from the zoo, you un-enlightened, superstitious morons who call the museum a "truth based institution" and characterize the zoo decision-makers as "cowardly, absent-minded scientists." Nobody cares whether you go to the zoo or not.
  • by Harvey on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:40 AM
    Well, I'll never go to that zoo anymore. They are nothing but cowards if they're going to let a bunch of absent minded scientists determine what is on their ticket stubs.
  • by A Location: L on Dec 1, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    Within month of the fairy tale propaganda store opening real scientists and even real museum tour guides had to come to it. Not for learning or fun but to see what lies are being shoved into peoples heads. After all its kind of embarrasing to have a KY "museum" teach people that the flintstones was a real event. Then go to the smithsonian and tell the guides they are wrong people rode the T rex.
  • by Venerable on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    Good. At least science and superstition won't be linked in this instance.
  • by Disappointed Location: ky on Dec 1, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    I am disappointed with the Cincinnati Zoo decision to scrap the offer with the Creation musuem. My family, friends, and I will now only be visiting the live navity performance. It would have been of greater benefit to the Zoo, and the public it serves, to honor it's affiliation with the truth based institution.
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Dec 1, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    haha...I can't believe this was even considered. Although I think everyone should visit the creation museum (just for fun and giggles at modern crackpotology), I really don't think an honored organization such as the zoo should have any affiliation. These nutty people pretty much dismiss everything the zoo stands for. At best, the Creation Museum is a cool little side show.


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