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Celebrate April Fool's Day at the Zoo

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Pranks in the animal kingdom are essential to survival.

Celebrate April Fool's Day at the Zoo

A snow leopard uses spots, disruptive patterns that break up an animals outline, as camouflage in rocky habitats. Photo courtesy of asterix611/Flickr.

March 29, 2013

Fool me once? Mr. Leo Pard might just fool you again. There's more than meets the eye when it comes to animal adaptations. Learn how animals trick each other with crafty behaviors, colors and patterns. The ABQ BioPark hosts April Fool's Day at the Zoo on Monday, April 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enjoy biofacts and education animals at Discovery Stations throughout the zoo. Find out how snow leopards' spots camouflage these hunters as they stalk prey through rocky terrain. Other animals use cryptic coloration, feign death or display conspicuous flashes of color to get the better of each other.

"Visitors can learn how animals' adaptations help them evade predators, entice prey and attract mates," said Sarah Haft, Zoo Education Specialist. "Mimicry, camouflage and foul odors are all tools for survival. On April Fool's Day, docents will reveal some of the most fascinating tricks and practical jokes witnessed in the wild."

Explore the zoo to uncover the truth about mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. How much do you really know about your favorite animals, and what pranks have they been playing? Discover the wild world of animals and their clever deceptions on April 1, 2013. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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