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The NM BioPark Society and partners unite art and conservation.

Zoo Unveils New Amphibian Mosaic Mural April 19

Amphibian drawings submitted for the mosaic. Courtesy of Project S.N.A.P.

April 18, 2013

More than 7,000 NM students helped create a large amphibian-themed mosaic to be unveiled at the ABQ BioPark Zoo on Friday, April 19 at 11:20 a.m. The New Mexico BioPark Society, in partnership with Project S.N.A.P. and sponsor After Hours Pediatrics, coordinated a statewide call for art about frogs, salamanders and other amphibians from elementary and middle school students. The individual artworks were combined to create beautiful mosaic with a message about the amphibian extinction crisis and conservation.

Mayor Richard J. Berry and 1,200 children and other guests from participating schools in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Raton and Hobbs will be part of the unveiling ceremony on the Zoo's Cottonwood Park on Friday. Many attendees will be able to look closely to find their drawings and step back to see how they are part of the "big picture." An interactive website allows any of the artists to find and zoom in to their picture in the mosaic.

"We had an overwhelming response from teachers and students and were pleased to see so many community members hop in to help us spread the message about amphibians," said Julie Rugg, Executive Director of the New Mexico BioPark Society. "We're grateful for Project S.N.A.P.'s coordination and After Hours Pediatrics' generous sponsorship of the amphibian mosaic."

The 5' x 9' piece will be installed in the entry patio of the Zoo's Amphibians: Life on a Limb exhibit, which kicked off the New Mexico BioPark Society's "Nurture Your Love of Nature" Capital Campaign in August 2012. Designed to highlight the beauty and diversity of amphibians, as well as the crisis they are facing, the exhibit is open daily and included with regular admission.

Guests can view the new mural on Saturday, April 20 during the BioPark's Earth Day celebration or on Sunday, April 21 for 50% off as part of our Half-Price Weekend. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

About the Partners

The New Mexico BioPark Society is dedicated to the development of, procurement for and capital improvement of the ABQ BioPark. Project S.N.A.P. seeks to empower people of all ages to lead, speak out and take action using art with a message. After Hours Pediatrics provides prompt and thorough primary care as well as more immediate care in a daily and after hours setting to "keep your kids in the game." After Hours Pediatrics' sponsorship of the Amphibian Mosaic Mural project is part of its continuing passion for the ABQ BioPark and the opportunities that it brings to children throughout New Mexico.

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