Albuquerque zoo touts importance of Endangered Species Act | KOB 4

Albuquerque zoo touts importance of Endangered Species Act

Eddie Garcia
September 20, 2018 07:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque is encouraging people to help save the Endangered Species Act.


Independence, a bald eagle at the Albuquerque Biopark Zoo, is helping spread the message.

"She was actually found floating down the Delaware River and she was found on the 4th of July 2011," said Danette Beck, BioPark Senior Zookeeper.

Now "Indy," as she's called, is used to educate people about the bald eagle's brush with extinction.

Barry Bitzer, development director at the New Mexico BioPark Society, says since the 1960s, the bald eagle has flourished in North America.

He says the Endangered Species Act to thank for that.

"We've restored their habitat, they've come off the list of endangered or threatened species altogether," says Bitzer.

However, he says the law is now threatened.

"Right now they have a rule change, really a set of rule changes pending that would undermine a lot of the good work of the endangered species act," said Bitzer.

Bitzer is encouraging all New Mexicans to petition U.S. Fish and Wildlife to keep the law as is.

Public comment runs through September 24.

"They are required to take public comment, it's part of the first amendment to the constitution. You get to petition your government," said Bitzer.

In the meantime, Bitzer says people can visit other species at the BioPark zoo which have benefited from the Endangered Species Act.

"The American alligator, Mexican grey wolf, silvery minnow the bald eagle. Some real success stories there," said Bitzer.


Eddie Garcia

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