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Celebrate love at the Zoo, Aquarium and Garden next weekend.

Adults-Only Valentine's Tour at the BioPark

A male peacock struts his stuff to attract a hen. Photo courtesy of Carmen Sanchez.

January 31, 2013

Get ready for an Adults-Only Valentine's Tour at the ABQ BioPark. Singles and couples, 18 years and older, are invited to enter the bizarre world of animal courtships on expert-led tours at the Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden on Saturday, Feb. 9. Reservations are required for these romantic excursions.

"Adult visitors can enjoy tales of animal affairs this Valentine's," said Kathryn Venzor, Education Curator. "Our experts have great insights into the behaviors of birds, beasts, bugs and fish that make these provocative tours fun and educational."

Weekend activities also include a Valentine's Brunch at Shark Reef Cafe and an herbal gift-making demonstration at Heritage Farm.

Adults-Only Tours on Feb. 9

Tickets are $5 per tour plus general admission. For more information, call (505) 848-7180.

  • That's A Moray - 10 a.m. at the Aquarium
    Join Rich Lerner, the Aquarium's Curator of Fishes, to find out why everything is hotter under the water. Why, in some species, do girls turn into boys and boys turn into supermales? How do male seahorses get pregnant?
  • Love Bugs - 12 p.m. at the Botanic Garden
    Discover six-legged wooing and arachnid affections in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Insectarium Rearing Laboratory with Dr. Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates. Why do scorpion flies give nuptial gifts? How jealous are damselflies? Will mantid males find mates and make it out alive?
  • The Birds and the Beasts - 2 p.m. at the Zoo
    Indulge your animal instincts and learn how love is a complex dance, even in the animal kingdom. Resident experts divulge the details of long romances of condors and cranes, careful mating strategies of porcupines and encoded messages of night-calling frogs.

Brunch at Shark Reef Café

Treat your sweetheart to a special brunch at the Aquarium on Saturday, Feb. 9, or Sunday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ocean views and a delicious menu make this Valentine's brunch a great part of an unforgettable date. For reservations, please call the Shark Reef Café at (505) 848-7182.

Romantic Herbal Gift-Making Demonstration

Assistant Curator Maria Thomas hosts an herbal gift-making demonstration on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Heritage Farmhouse. Learn how to create something special for someone you love (or for yourself!) with relaxing and romantic herbs, including lavender, rose, sandalwood and dittany. Thomas will talk about the folklore of herbs associated with love and devotion while she shows how to make lip balm, massage oil and foot powder. Guests can take home recipes and samples, while supplies last.

For more information about Valentine's events, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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