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Published: 08/17/2010
CONTACT(s):
Amy Landers Research Coordinator & Acting Marketing Manager 505-764-6285 alanders@cabq.gov

BioPark to throw big party for big baby

A baby’s first birthday is cause for celebration, and the ABQ BioPark will be hosting a BIG party for the Zoo’s BIGGEST baby, Daizy, the Asian elephant, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28. All activities are included with regular admission.

Like any birthday girl, Daizy will get cake (specially made with hay and veggies) while party guests sing “Happy Birthday.” But this party is also an opportunity for the public to learn about elephants and how our actions matter when it comes to protecting them in the wild.

Elephant discovery stations will showcase the amazing adaptations of elephants and their behavior. By participating in fun games, party-goers can contribute to elephant conservation programs. Zookeepers will talk about the enrichment and training programs and the excellent care provided to the zoo’s multigenerational elephant herd each day. Children will find treats hidden in enrichment items, just like the elephants do, and then help make enrichment to be given to the elephant herd after the party. Thai music and dance, food, party favors and hands-on activities will complete the party atmosphere.

A New Girl Scout Patch
This birthday celebration also marks the launch of a Daizy patch for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts who attend the event will fulfill their requirements for the patch.

A One-Year Old with Great Potential
Daizy herself is cause for celebration. Asian elephants are endangered, and their numbers in the wild are declining. Members of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Elephant Species Survival Plan coordinate reproduction efforts to build a self-sustaining elephant population among North American zoos and wildlife centers.

The ABQ BioPark has been designated as an Elephant Breeding Facility by the group. Daizy was born on September 2, 2009. She is an important addition to the North American population of elephants and to the worldwide work being done to conserve this endangered species.

Birthday Party Schedule
10:00 Celebration begins
10:30 Zookeeper Q & A
Thai Story Time performed by Wat Buddhamongkolnimit Sunday School (WBSS)
11:00 Thai classical music and dance performance by WBSS
11:30 Elephants get birthday piñatas
Zookeeper Q & A
12:00 Thai music and dance performance by WBSS
12:30 Daizy gets a birthday cake, party goers sing her “Happy Birthday”
Zookeeper Q & A
1:00 Birthday cake for zoo guests (while supplies last)
1:30 Zookeeper Q & A
2:00 Celebration ends
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The ABQ BioPark is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for all, through education, recreation, conservation and research, by providing a comprehensive environmental park including the Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Zoo. The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. Contact us at 311 locally or 505-768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).

The ABQ BioPark Zoo is located at 903 10th Street SW. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors (65+) and children (3-12). Same day combo admission to all BioPark facilities is $12 for adults; $5 for seniors and children. Become a member of the New Mexico BioPark Society and enjoy benefits including unlimited general admission to all BioPark facilities and discounts to many special events.

The ABQ BioPark is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. AZA-accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

The ABQ BioPark is a member of the American Public Gardens Association . APGA serves and strengthens its 500 member gardens by supporting and promoting their work and achievements in horticultural display, education, research and plant conservation.
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