Hop on a high-speed rescue mission in Franklin Park Zoo's new motion simulator ride, "Rhino Rescue." Set in Africa, the ride invites you on a high-speed chase alongside park rangers in their pursuit of poachers. You’ll encounter elephants, wildebeest and other wildlife on your adventure to rescue and reunite a baby rhino with his mother. Riders are fully immersed in a 6D experience. You’ll not only see stereoscopic 3-D film through special glasses, but extra effects like seat motion, wind and light add new dimensions to the viewing experience. The XD Theater’s state-of-the-art motion simulator seats are individually activated, processing up to 400 movements per second. This makes the virtual reality experience, well, truly realistic. The ride accommodates twelve people and lasts four minutes. A small percentage of each ride ticket purchased will support rhino conservation in the wild. Just by going on the ride you’re teaming with others to save some of the world’s most endangered animals. During normal zoo hours: weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weekends and major holidays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ride tickets are $5; $4 for members; in addition to regular zoo admission: adults, $17; 62+, $14; ages 2-12, $11; under 2 and members, free. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester. www.zoonewengland.org
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