Albuquerque Zoo is located next to Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The area of Albuquerque Zoo is around 64 acre. The zoo has provide visitors with a tour to get closer with the animals by letting the visitors to pet and feeds the animals. The tour inside the zoo will take you to not only to get close with the animals, but you can also visit Albuquerque Aquarium, ABQ Biopark Botanical Garden, and Tingley Beach which is located in the complex of Albuquerque Zoo.
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Get-in-Touch and Feeding Animals
The most exciting activity to do is here! Albuquerque Zoo provide visitors with some feeding activities such as lorikeet feeding, giraffe feeding, and even crocodile feeding. The lorikeet feeding is happening in summer season and the visitors will feed the birds with a cup of nectar. Not only feeding animals, Albuquerque Zoo gives you the most fascinating experience of touching alpaca or people usually know it as llama. The alpaca or llama will be brought by the zookeeper and they will taught you how to touch the animals safely.
ABQ Biopark Botanical Garden
The ABQ Biopark Botanical Garden is a big garden inside the complex of Albuquerque Zoo. What things that you can do inside the botanical garden? There are several places inside the botanical garden that you can visit. Take a tour on the one wing of the glass conservatory houses. It showcases plants which are the native plants of Mediterranean area. On the other wing, you can see some North American desert plants. The pathways behind the conservatory show New Mexico habitats, such as desert, grasslands, lava flows, and sand hills. Moreover, you can also enjoy watching the miniature of village and train in the Railroad Hill. There are also some events that you can enjoy in the botanical garden such as winter wool festival and summer night concerts.
With the volume of 285.000 gallons of saltwater, Albuquerque Aquarium becomes the house for fishes from all around the world. The tour inside the aquarium will bring you to the first freshwater tank which collection is both currently found and no longer found in the river originally from Rio Grande, Albuquerque. Next, you will meet the Gulf of Mexico Coast Gallery. You will see the big stingrays together with other fishes originally from Texas. The next tank is small tanks with its cute collections of small fishes and other sea creatures such as clownfish, seahorses, and jellyfish. If you are on your lucky day, then you will be able to touching stingrays and bamboo shark pups too! The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. every day.
After walking through the zoo, botanical garden, and aquarium, your feet might feel tired. Where is the best place to take a rest? Yes! Near a beach. You don't need to worry since there is also a beach in the complex of Albuquerque Zoo called Tingley Beach. Even though the beach is more look like a pond, it will never make you feel disappointed. What things you can do at the beach? Take the tour in Tingley Beach and let yourself enjoy the view of the beach in a paddle boat. This beach is the perfect choice for you who like to go fishing. Take your fishing rod and let yourself and family enjoy your day there. Tingley Beach is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The main mission of a zoo is to make people get more information through animal exhibition. However, Albuquerque Zoo decided to make differences by providing conservation not only for animals, but also plants. The conservation programs consist of aquatic conservation, coral propagation, plants conservation and heritage breeds. In the aquatic conservation, Albuquerque Zoo keeps fishes and invertebrates origin from New Mexico from getting extinct. In the plants conservation, you will see beautiful flowers that you may have never seen before. The coral propagation take care of New Mexico's coral reefs inside their aquarium and last but not least, the highlight of the conservation : Heritage Breeds. Inside the heritage breeds, Albuquerque Zoo keeping some animals from getting extinct such as navajo-churro sheep, milking shorthorn cattle, and dominique chickens.
No one is not interested in music performance. Albuquerque Zoo sophistically provides you with the most exciting and entertaining music performances by singers and bands originally from Albuquerque. Take your chair or picnic mat but don't ever bring sharp knives or alcoholic drinks there. Do you need any tickets to enjoy the summer concerts? Yes, the ticket is cost 6 peso for children from 3 to 12 years old and senior in age older than 65 and 12 peso for adults.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to visit Albuquerque Zoo and other places inside the complex, you don't to worry about not getting the tickets. You can directly come to the ticket booth or you can easily buy the ticket online from the zoo's official website.
How To Get Around?
To get around the Albuquerque Zoo, you can easily just walk on your foot and enjoy all the attractions there or you can easily go around by the zoo train that has already provided.
What Should I Wear?
If you want to take a tour inside the zoo, you can easily wear something that makes you comfortable for walking around like polo shirt and safari short. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes since you will be walking in a long trek.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit a zoo is when the weather gets warm and mild. Albuquerque get warms in between September to November, so it is best to visit Albuquerque Zoo in the mid of that months. If you want to take the train to get around the zoo, make sure that you are not visiting the zoo on Monday because the train service is not available on Monday.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find anything for your tour on this site.
How To Get There?
To take the tour to Albuquerque Zoo from the central of Albuquerque city, you can go by car or by bus. The trip with car will take you around six minutes and eighteen to twenty minutes by bus.
Make sure to bring your sunscreen or hat to avoid your skin from getting burned. There are also some discounts for the tickets, make sure to check it on the zoo's website.