May 21, 2011- Mayagüez,PR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Puerto Rico Zoo Juan A. Rivero, managed by the Puerto Rico National Parks Company, invites you to the Endangered Species Day, Saturday May 21 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Zoo located in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Come learn about the USFWS and Zoo programs for protection, conservation and recovery of endangered species.
The Endangered Species Day is celebrated every year since 2006, on the third Friday of May.
This time, you will get a chance to see endangered plants and animals of Puerto Rico that are normally not on display to the public:
- Puerto Rican Parrot
- Plain Pigeon
- Puerto Rican Crested Toad
- Harlequin Butterfly
Come and enjoy conferences about the Puerto Rican Parrot, threatened and endangered plants, endangered reptiles and amphibians, videos about endangered wild birds, learn about the Zoo and its role in species recovery. Learn about the detrimental effects of wildlife traffic and legal consequences. Fifteen kids will be selected to plant endangered plants to create a new permanent exhibit at the Puerto Rico Zoo.
Attendees will get a chance to see endangered species on display at the Zoo from different parts of the world:
bongo-África * tiger-Asia * chimpancee - África * rhinoceros - África and Asia * elefant – África * Puerto Rican Boa * jaguar - America * ocelote – America
Children will get a chance to meet and take their picture with the Puerto Rican Parrot Mascot and the Puerto Rican Crested Toad Mascot. Entrance to the park is free for children under 4 and adults over 75. Children 5-11 pay- $8.00; 12 year olds- adults 59, pay $13.00; Adult between 60 to 74 years old pay $6.50. For more information please call the USFWS at 787-851-7297 or the Puerto Rico Zoo at 787-834-8110.