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Animal Ark's Piñatas & Predators

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by watching predators open treat-filled piñatas during Animal Ark's Piñatas & Predators from 10:15 a.m to 2:30 p.m. May 7 at Animal Ark, 1265 Deerlodge Road.

Stalking, growling at, pouncing and attacking piñatas -- delight at watching our predators having a grand time discovering the treats inside their piñatas. The animal keepers and educational docents will share stories and answer any questions you have about the wild residents.

Animal Ark is a nonprofit organization that houses animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Glass viewing areas offer visitors a window into nature as they see wildlife in natural habitat exhibits. Educational programming is scheduled for Washoe County schools throughout the year, and special events offer recreation education for all ages.

Admission costs $15 adults, $13.50 seniors 62 and older, $12 children ages 3-12, free for children 2 and younger.

Animal Ark Stampede 5K

The Run For the Animals Animal Ark Stampede is May 21. See the animals for free and dress like the animals. There will be free face painting, raffle prizes and more. Runners' family members receive 50-percent off daytime admission. The 5K costs $35 per person and the children's quarter-mile run costs $20. Register by May 12 to guarantee shirt size. Registration fees increase $5 per person on May 13.

Raptor Adventures 2016

Learn about birds of prey (raptors) in this program by local falconers Jim and Kathleen Tigan. The event will be held in the Animal Ark's amphitheater. Upcoming dates are at 4:30 p.m. May 29 and 5:30 p.m. July 30. Cost of admission is donation.

Animal Ark Cheetah 500

What is the Animal Ark's version of the Indy 500? It is the Cheetah 500. Watch as cheetahs run at top speeds, completely off leash, around the Animal Ark's cheetah field. See the cheetahs up close and personal. Don't forget your camera. Reservations are required because of limited seating. Children must be 8 or older to participate.

Cost: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors 62 and older, $30 for children 8 to 16 years old.

From Reno, take U.S. 395 north. Turn right on Red Rock Road, go 11.5 miles, then turn right onto Deerlodge Road to the driveway at 1265 Deerlodge Road.

Details: www.AnimalArk.org or 1-775-970-3111 (area code required when dialing from Reno).

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