Ryan Gosling & Evan Rachel Wood's Zoo Day

The stars of The Ides of March get a break from filming – with an elephant, a cougar and a sloth

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TRUNK SHOW

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Wood and Gosling, both in Ohio filming The Ides of March with George Clooney, spent their day off at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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SPECIAL INTEREST

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The zoo invited the cast to visit and received a genuinely interested response from the actors. During their VIP tour of the grounds, Gosling and Wood got to meet many animals, including elephant Schottzie.

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STAR GAZING

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Moe, the two-toed sloth, craned his neck to get a better look (wouldn’t you?).

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SWEET CAROLINE

SWEET CAROLINE
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The stars “wanted to learn more about each animal they met,” says Tiffany Barnes, a zoo spokesperson. Gosling even chatted with this porcupine, Caroline, and her keeper.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

BIRDS OF A FEATHER
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Wood even got to help train a turaco, a bird native to Africa, during the visit.

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ARM IN ARM

ARM IN ARM
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“With each new encounter, they were enthusiastic and eager to hear all about the daily schedule, care background and endangered status of the animal,” Barnes tells PEOPLEPets.com.

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NECK RUB

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Gosling got to pet an okapi, which is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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OK GO

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The okapi has stripes that are reminiscent of the zebra.

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IN YOUR EYES

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Gosling had a getting-to-know-you moment with the okapi, with a deep staring session.

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COUGAR TOWN

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Wood got down to the level of big cat Joseph.

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HAPPY FEET

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This lucky African penguin named Charlie got to do a little show for Gosling.

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HAND IN MOUTH

HAND IN MOUTH
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Nikki the Indian rhino was even luckier than Charlie – she got a handful of food from the handsome star!

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