ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The BioPark is embracing New Mexico’s up-and-coming brewery scene, and will be headed to Rio Rancho next week to encourage visitors to come to the zoo, aquarium and botanic gardens.
It’s called “Turtles and Taps” and will take place at Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
“I think the breweries is an opportunity for people to get together for a drink and talk about science and conservation,” Keith Crow said.
Crow is the bird department supervisor at the BioPark, but doubles as the organizer for the BioPark’s Science Cafes.
“We have the theme for turtles, because of the name; the nickname for the brewery is ‘the turtle,'” Crow explained.
The theme coincides with the BioPark celebrating Sea Turtle Awareness Day on the 23rd of this month.
“So we’re going to have keepers talking in more intimate groups with people about turtles and tortoises and jellyfish also,” he said.
That’s because sea turtles eat jellyfish and there will be live jellyfish at the brewery too.
But the jellies aren’t the only thing that makes this Science Cafe so unique. It’s the first time a Science Cafe has been held outside Albuquerque.
“We focused on the area closer to the zoo for the science cafes in the past,” Crow said. “I wanted to move out to the metro area and see if we could get some other people interested.”