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L.A. Zoo To Offer Discounted Admission To Pokemon Go Players Next Week

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Everyone not named Oliver Stone has jumped onto Pokemon Go. Even park rangers are getting into the mix by hosting Pokemon-related hikes around L.A.'s parks. Now, the Los Angeles Zoo is going to take it to another level by hosting a "PokéWeek" that will take place from July 25 to July 29.

According to the zoo's website, there are over 45 PokeStops on their grounds. From Monday to Friday they'll be dropping lures at the stops, and attendees will be alerted of the freshly-dropped lures through the zoo's Twitter. Also, if you plan on taking photos of Pokémon at the zoo, you should remember to share them on Twitter using the #LAZooPokeWeek hashtag—doing so will enter you into a sweepstake in which you can win a year-long membership with the zoo. And, as if you don't already have enough incentive, you can save $3 on admission by showing your Pokémon Go app at the box office (though this only applies if you come after 2 p.m.).

And did we mention that there are three gyms on the grounds?

This sounds like a lot of fun. But you should probably keep yourself in check and not, you know, jump over a fence near the tiger exhibit to catch an elusive Pokémon, as these two doofuses did in Ohio. "It wasn't the most responsible thing to do, but hey, gotta catch 'em all," one of the trespassers told The Toledo Blade.

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The zoo also notes that, with all this craze surrounding augmented reality, it's easy to forget that there's also a, uh, regular reality to admire: "Don't forget that Pokémon aren't the only creatures found at the Zoo, so be sure to look around you and appreciate all the real animals!" The best, though, is when you get them both in one place: