Meet crocodiles and alligators during this new discovery day.
Unlike alligators, the fourth tooth of crocodiles sticks out even when the mouth is closed. Saltwater crocodile close-up courtesy of Matt Eschenbrenner/ABQ BioPark.
September 27, 2013
Celebrate Croctober at the Zoo on Sunday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy crocodilian crafts, play "How long is a croc?" and learn about croc training and conservation. It's also a great opportunity to snap an alligator or crocodile photo for the BioPark's 2013 Online Photo Contest.
"We're excited to host our first ever Croctober event at the BioPark," said Sarah Shrum, Zoo Education Specialist. "We hope to raise awareness about croc conservation and help demystify these animals."
Zoo visitors can see saltwater crocodiles, Chinese alligators and American alligators. Juvenile gators will even make a special appearance with docents and zookeepers at discovery stations.
"Crocodiles and alligators are keystone species, and they help keep ecosystems healthy by keeping populations of other animals in check," said Matt Eschenbrenner, Senior Zookeeper of Herpetology. "Six crocodilian species are critically endangered, including the Chinese alligator. We're hoping Croctober will catch on nationwide to increase protection against habitat destruction, hunting and other threats."
Crocodilians, including crocodiles, gavials, caiman and alligators, are top predators and hunt everything from turtles and fish to monkeys and buffalo. Crocodilians have been roaming the Earth for 240 million years, since dinosaurs were alive, and 23 species still survive. Celebrate Croctober at the BioPark to kick off the month of October. Discovery day activities are included with regular admission. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).