Lobo, Tasmanian devil unsponsored on BioPark carousel

Albuquerque Zoo building front
Albuquerque Zoo building front (Carey Olson KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They are probably two of the most talked about animals in Albuquerque, lobos and Tasmanian devils. That is why the New Mexico BioPark Society was surprised to learn they weren’t getting as much attention as expected on a new zoo attraction.

The zoo is creating an endangered species carousel with animals like a giraffe, a tiger shark and an eagle.

People can donate to the New Mexico BioPark Society by sponsoring each animal.

Half of them are already taken at costs ranging from $5,000-$12,000.

However, the animals not sponsored are the ones catching people’s attention.

“No lobo sponsor yet and no Tasmanian devil sponsor,” said Barry Bitzer, development director for the BioPark. “Those two were the big surprise. They’re the buzz of the office.”

KRQE News 13 went to the home of the Lobos to talk to students and alumni to see what they think about it.

“There’s a lot of love for the lobo,” said Brian Colón, president of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association. “I think nobody knows about the lobo yet.”

The BioPark Society said it is working on spreading the word, and the Alumni Association said it will now do the same.

“We are going to get the word out and that lobo’s going to be gone within days,” Colón said.

The lobo is currently designed with a blue saddle, but the BioPark Society said it would be happy to repaint it cherry and silver for a proud UNM alum.

The carousel is expected to be up and running in late spring.

The BioPark Society said it will be the only one in the world to include a Tasmanian devil.

“I can’t imagine we will have the only one in the world forever,” Bitzer said. “Somebody else will say, ‘Hey, we want one of those too.’”

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