Unique Valentine's Celebrations at the ABQ BioPark

Exclusive Dinner and Tours Highlight Amazing Courtship Rituals Found in the Animal Kingdom

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - From an unforgettable dinner in an undersea atmosphere to a behind-the-scenes look at the surprising reproductive tactics of insects, the ABQ BioPark offers the perfect way for singles or couples to celebrate Valentine's Day.  This year, there are an assortment of adults-only events designed to entertain, educate and surprise guests while they experience how other creatures search for love and sex.

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

February 8, 2014:

Love Bugs Tour. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Botanic Garden

Love Bugs exposes the surprising reproductive tactics of insects and arachnids. Dr. Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates, will take you on a tour of the Arthropod Rearing Laboratory.  Charlton can explain how the dating scene for tarantulas is a bit riskier than our own social scene, what the perfect wedding gift is for a new scorpionfly bride and who in the insect world has jealously issues.

Birds and the Beasts Tour.  2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Zoo

Love is a complex dance, even in the animal kingdom. On the Birds and the Beasts tour, our resident experts divulge details of animals' curious romantic rituals.  Topics include the life-long romances of condors and cranes, breeding strategies of lion kings and late-night calls of toads and frogs.

February 14, 2014: That's a Moray! Adult Late Night. SOLD OUT!

6 p.m. to Midnight at the Aquarium

Experience a unique Valentine's Day evening with a memorable dining adventure at the Shark Reef Café. A special menu will be offered and the Aqua Bar will be available. Follow dinner with the That's A Moray! Tour and  learn about the bizarre mating strategies of fish.

The Love Bugs and Birds and the Beasts tours on February 8, 2014 are $5.00 each, plus general admission. Online registration is now open: http://tinyurl.com/n8h325z

Tickets to That's a Moray! Adult Late Night and dinner at the Shark Reef café are $40.00 per person. Online registration is now open: http://tinyurl.com/l45r2kt

Space for all events is limited and registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend.