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4-H Insect Zoo A Favorite With N.M. State Fair Visitors

ALBUQUERQUE -- The zoo's coming to town, but this one features creatures with six or more legs. The 4-H Insect Zoo opens its doors this year on Sept. 8 at the 1995 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

The insect zoo will feature dozens of creeping, crawling, jumping and flying bugs. It offers children the opportunity to view insects close-up and learn more about them. Master Gardeners will help with the zoo and will be able to help answer questions such as "What's buggin' you?"

Live zoo specimens include vinegarroons, an African scorpion,sunspiders, black widow spiders, millipedes, tarantulas, hissing cockroaches and many more.

Since 1993, this exhibit has thrilled and educated over 20,000 individuals each year.

New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are zoo sponsors. The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4-H wing of Leon H. Harms Youth Hall through Sept. 18.

For more information, call the Bernalillo County Extension Office at (505) 243-1386.