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Monday, May 19, 2008
Mali the bonobo
ZOO BABIES 2008
Four playful meerkat pups, an endangered bonobo named Mali, and a leaf froglet—teeny enough to perch on a fingertip—are a few of the newcomers welcomed at U.S. zoos in recent months. As these fun facts and photos suggest, baby animals are (almost) just like us!
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Mei Lan the panda We caught up with some of the cuties featured last year to see how they're progressing. Compare before/after photos in our slide show, and find out how much giant panda cub Mei Lan now weighs, what Asian elephant Mac did for his first birthday, and which youngster is no longer a shy mama's boy. read more
This Just In
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
In the latest installment of our Affordable Europe series, a staffer writes: "I've just returned from a 10-day trip to Italy and cannot sing the praises of Auto Europe enough. The company, based in Portland, Maine, is a wholesaler that gets discounted rates from the major rental-car agencies. In fact, the rate I found on its website was at least $150 cheaper than anywhere else I looked." read post
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A good airfare is only so satisfying: InsideTrip is a new website that rates all the factors (aircraft type, security wait time, legroom…) that matter these days. read more
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Slide Show: 15 Places Every Kid Should See Readers' photos from important American landmarks—some of the choices may surprise you…. Resources: Gas Watch We've compiled 21 tips and some handy websites that will help you find the best prices, conserve fuel, and tread with a lighter foot…. Real Deals: Maine Hotels, From $95 Explore the rocky coast of Maine with these discounted rates in Searsport, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, and Bath.
Women getting massages
CALLING ALL GIRLFRIENDS
Tell us about your girlfriend getaway song—and why it came to be your song—and the response that Girlfriend Getaways editors deem the best will win a Spa Refresher Package at the luxurious Lake Austin Spa Resort, nestled in the soothing Hill Country of central Texas.
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En route to the peak of El Yunque, near San Juan
THE REAL DEALS
Make a summer escape to this nearby island in the Caribbean Sea—where U.S. citizens can still travel without a passport. Hotel packages for San Juan and Porta del Sol start at $139 per night.
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands Round-trip airfare to Rarotonga, five nights at a beachfront resort, and transfers, from $1,399. why it's a deal
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