Some zoos in the U.S. are conducting interesting programmes to attract more visitors and give animal lovers thrilling experiences.

The Philadelphia zoo has been running a ‘ ”Night Flight Overnight Program”, where children aged five to 12 sleep in the zoo’s tree house’. 

The Denver Zoo runs a ‘Bunk with the Beasts’ programme, where a two-hour tour of the zoo is included. Visitors are provided with night vision scopes  so they can view the nocturnal animal and birds such as owls.

Overnight guests at the Queens zoo in New York  ‘make breakfast treats for parrots, bears, pigs, pumas and coyotes, and watch the keepers feed them to the animals the next morning’.

These Zoo sleepover are becoming increasingly popular with visitors enjoying the opportunity to experience the unusual sights and sounds at the zoo after dark.

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This news report reminded me of another type of sleepover I read about last year.

This was not in a zoo, but in a tiny village in a little corner of Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul, son of Rajiv and grandson of Indira, is member of parliament for the area, and invited Miliband to spend a day out of a big-city tour of south Asia to go to “the other India”

It was a brick shack with a thatched roof, a mud floor, a wooden door at the front, and gaping hole at the back. A cow rested in the straw outside.

The two, Rahul Gandhi and David Miliband, ‘stayed up until after midnight sitting under the stars and listening to accounts of country life from a village women’s group.’

“I wanted him to see the spirit of the poor people in India. It is no less than the spirit of the rich,” Gandhi said.

One hopes, since he is likely the future PM, that Rahul Gandhi himself is familiar with the spirit of the poor people in India.