The Albuquerque BioPark hosted a party for the planet Saturday. Each year, the zoo selects a conservation group to be the focal point of its Earth Day party.
This year it was Catching Hope, an organization that collects snares from the jungles of Vietnam cleans them up, and turns them into ornaments and key chains. Profits then go directly back to Vietnam as a salary for the local people who remove the snares.
Catching Hope focuses specifically on snares meant for the saola, a critically endangered cow-like creature.
“By helping the local people and the whole habitat, we’re helping all the animals that live in that great biodiverse region and the saola itself,” said Dr. Erin Flynn, mammal curator.
Catching Hope will return to the BioPark on May 19th for Endangered Species Day.