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Bust Animal Myths at the Zoo on April 26

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Separate fact from fiction as you enjoy the animals.

Bust Animal Myths at the Zoo on April 26

Homer the porcupine. Photo by ABQ BioPark.

April 24, 2013

Do porcupines shoot their quills? Will touching a toad give you warts? Become a myth buster during Animal Myth Day at the Zoo on Friday, April 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit Discovery Stations near your favorite animal exhibits to uncover the truth about elephants, rhinos, lions, koalas, zebras and more.

Explore popular animal myths to find out what strange behaviors you really can observe in nature and what animal tales are complete hogwash. With 14 discovery stations located throughout the Zoo, you can become a trivia master that knows everything about animals.

"There are many misleading animal myths that we grow up believing," said Sarah Haft, Zoo Education Specialist. "Some are based in truth, and by exploring animal behaviors, visitors can learn how these myths got started. It is a fun and silly day, but it also highlights animals' unique traits and gives us a better understanding of everything from snakes to gorillas."

Using biofacts, photos and other hands-on interactives, BioPark docents, with help from the Zoo's animal residents, reveal the truth behind peculiar legends and stories. They will show just how extraordinary animals are and why our actions matter in conservation.

So, what do you think? Do porcupines shoot their quills? Meet Homer the porcupine at 11 a.m. during his stroll, and help us debunk animal myths this Friday. Animal Myth Day activities at the Zoo are included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 (505-768-2000).

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