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Celebrate Carnivores at the Zoo this Week

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Meat eaters inspire exciting education from May 13-17.

Celebrate Carnivores at the Zoo this Week

A snow leopard at the Zoo. Photo by ABQ BioPark.

May 13, 2013

It's Carnivore Conservation Week at the ABQ BioPark Zoo from May 13 - 17. Each day, uncover the wonders of jaw-dropping carnivores and their crucial roles in the environment. Docents host discovery stations from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Today, Carnivore Conservation Week started off by highlighting snow leopards, rare cats that hunt sheep, ibex, marmots, hares and game birds in the Himalaya. Azeo, the male snow leopard, can be seen on the Cat Walk. (Female, Kachina, is behind the scenes in her nesting box with twin cubs that were born on May 3.)

"Predators and scavengers as diverse as snow leopards, raptors and crocodiles help maintain biodiversity and keep habitats healthy," said Sarah Haft, Zoo Education Specialist. "Sometimes carnivores get a bad rap, but in reality, they fulfill vital roles in nature."

Learn about jaguars on Tuesday, lions on Wednesday and raptors on Thursday. To wrap up the week on Friday, learn about crocodiles and join Matt Eschenbrenner, the zoo's senior herpetology keeper, for a special talk about endangered crocodiles. The BioPark's herpetology team cares for many predatory reptiles and promotes a better understanding of these often misunderstood creatures. A recent National Geographic interview highlighted the work of the herpetology department and Curator Doug Hotle.

In addition to discovery stations, some of the zoo's carnivorous residents have daily feedings for the public to watch: seals and sea lions chow down at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; polar bears dive for fish at 2:30 p.m.; crocodiles gobble up their lunch at 3:45 p.m. on Fridays.

The zoo's carnivore celebration is a prelude to National Endangered Species Day on May 17, a day to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife and conservation. Celebrate wildlife and magnificent meat eaters all week at the zoo. Carnivore Conservation Week activities and feedings are included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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