Friday, February 13, 2009

Love is in the Air on Valentine's Day at Albuquerque's Bio Park and Zoo.

Are you still looking for a hot date for Valentine's Day? We decided to take a romantic stroll through the Rio Grande Zoo,
We might even drop by to look at the fishes at the Albuquerque Aquarium, or the garden Rio Grande Botanic Garden . Each are promising great fun, and lot of activities, on Valentine's Day from 10a to 2p.

We got all this info from the folks from the City of Albuquerque's Bio Parks and thought we'd share it with you.

“Animal attraction” is the topic of Discovery Stations around the Zoo. Educators will teach guests about the sometimes scintillating details of courtship and reproduction in the animal world. Guests will also learn how the Zoo acts as a “matchmaker” for endangered species, such as elephants, orangutans and snow leopards, as part of the Species Survival Program. Children can create a Valentine for the animal they love, and all guests will be able to make enrichment items to be given to the Zoo animals. Pink and red paintings created by the Zoo’s own elephants will be on display. Zookeepers will deliver special Valentine’s popsicles (blood-sicles, that is) to the polar bears at 12:30pm, and other animals will be enjoying Valentine’s treats throughout the day. Call (505) 764-6214 for more information about Zoo activities.

At the Aquarium, visit Discovery Stations to find out how male seahorses get pregnant, look for “kissing” in the coral reef exhibit and learn why some fish undergo a sex change. Call (505) 848-7180 for more information about Aquarium activities. Visit the Garden’s conservatories for a romance-themed display of pink and red cyclamens and impatiens. Delicious Valentine’s Day goodies will be available for purchase at Zoo and Aquarium cafes. All Valentine's Day education activities are included with general admission.

The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accessible facility and a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. For assistance in visiting, please call 311 (Relay NM or 711), preferably with three days advance notice. Hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Zoo admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors 65 and older and children 3-12. Same day combo admission to all BioPark facilities is $12 for adults; $5 for seniors and children.

New Mexico BioPark Society membership offers free general admission to all BioPark facilities and discounts to many special events. Find out more about becoming a BioPark Society member.

The Albuquerque Biological Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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