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Learn about New Mexico’s native wildlife and plants. Wildlife West’s zoo is one of the few places where people can be close to and observe Mexican wolves in their natural habitat along with 24 other species of wildlife, plus get a behind the scenes tour of Koshari, a 500 pound black bear. Presenters: US Fish & Wildlife on Mexican wolves, Craig Norrlander, Pollinator Nation & Bee Collaborative, wonderful world of native bees and other pollinators; Tom Smylie on raptors; and Christian Meuli, permaculturalist, on water harvesting. Also learn all about reptiles, take a snake identification class and get a solar oven demonstration.
Stay for the Chuckwagon BBQ fest, followed by live western swing music featuring Mystic Lizard. Hayrides from 6-7 p.m., raptor free-flight presentation 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., western music 8-9 p.m. RSVP required by 2 p.m. on day of show. Chuckwagon cost (includes admission into Wildlife West zoo): $25 adults, $23 seniors, $12 kids 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.