Lincoln Park Zoo will give a free, docent-guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the camel exhibit exclusively for Perl Mongers on Saturday August 11 at 11:00 am. That's when all the stars align for the docents, animals, and zookeepers.
If you're interested in coming, please RSVP with me (brian d foy,
email@example.com). Children may come, although it will be a grown-up oriented event. Priority for the 20 slots goes to those who donated to the Chicago.pm's camel fund. After that we can open it up to spouses and friends. Even if people can't go into the camel enclosure, there's still plenty to do at the zoo during the half hour tour. There is no admission fee to the zoo for anyone.
If you're not in Chicago, check if your local zoo has a similar program. Most zoos are willing to do this sort of thing for groups that give them a lot of money.