ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - She's cute. She's just three weeks old. She's 320 pounds. And,zoo officials hope she'll bring in a lot more visitors andmoney.
The Rio Grande Zoo's baby Asian elephant made her public debuton Tuesday after spending the first weeks of her life bonding withher mother.
She already brought in excited crowds.
"Just a baby elephant running around with that little trunkflopping around like a wet noodle, it's pretty cute," said RickJanser, the director of the Albuquerque Biological Park.
Through Friday, the zoo is having visitors vote for $1 on thenew baby's name. The choices are Chloe, Nita, Missy, Roxie andDaizy. Donations will benefit Asian elephant conservation.
Janser said while zoo attendance has been good lately, they'vestill had to deal with some layoffs.
In 2008, attendance was up 150,000 over the previous year, andJanser said they're seeing bigger numbers this year.
Janser said the BioPark is trying to improve the value for themoney, too. He said a membership to the BioPark may be a good valuefor families.
Membership, which includes unlimited admission for a year to thezoo, aquarium and botanic garden, costs $79 for most families.
Meanwhile, voters in October will decide on a $5.5 million bondissue to improve the BioPark. If passed, the money will go togeneral repair and renovation, as well as exhibits like theInsectarium and Asian areas.
A District Court judge has ordered city leaders respond to a petition filed by an animal activist on the city's trap-neuter-return approach of managing feral cats.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Albuquerque's famous Bugg Lights Christmas can now be seen every night until Christmas Eve.
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