Betty the bullfrog charmed members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos so much that the Club has adopted the portly beauty for an entire year beginning Nov. 1. Betty lives at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and is big and round, with a dark colored back and a creamy colored belly. She likes to hide underwater as well as float along the surface. Betty sometimes comes out of the water to bask under a warm lamp. She dines on earthworms, crickets and pinky mice. Courtesy photo
Live animals are an important but costly part of the educational mission at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and adopting is a way to help PEEC care for them.
Through its small animal adoption program at just $25/year per animal, PEEC also helps people learn about nature and not be afraid of it.
Animals available for adoption include Foxxy the Hognose Snake, Flash the Fence Lizard, Link the Skink, Elf the Turtle and Flip the Plecostomus.
PEEC also offers for adption a scorpion, native fish including Rio Grande Suckers, Rio Grande Chub and Longnose Dace and wild birds and worms.
PEEC small animal adoption Q&A:
What do I get as an adoptive parent? As a proud new parent, you’ll receive a color photo of your animal mounted in a magnetic frame, an official adoption certificate, and a fact sheet about your animal. Your name will be displayed on the animal’s enclosure.
What does the animal get when I adopt it? As an adoptive parent, you can be sure that your animal will get fresh food, good lighting, clean bedding, and other improvements to its habitat.
Do I have to take care of my animal? No. Your adopted animal will be cared for by PEEC staff.
Can I visit my adopted animal? Yes, please come and visit your animal any time PEEC is open. Handling is limited, depending on the animal.
Can more than one person adopt an animal? Yes!
How long does my adoption last? You will be honored as an adoptive parent for one year, and you will have your name proudly displayed on the animal’s habitat.
Will I be helping PEEC by adopting an animal? Yes. Live animals are an important (but costly) part of our educational mission, and you will be helping us to care for them.
What do I have to do to adopt an animal? Ask any of our volunteers or staff members to help you fill out an enrollment form.