The Albuquerque Biological Park (ABQ BioPark) Zoo was established in 1927 and is home to more than 900 animals from around the world, including many threatened and endangered species. The Zoo is active in a number of Species Survival Plans including those of the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, which is native to New Mexico, and Socorro doves. Zoo visitors can view a variety of special activities each day, including feedings for polar bears, seals and sea lions, crocodiles, giraffes, lorikeets and hippos, as well as a seasonal Animal Encounters show and alpaca cruisings throughout the facility. The Zoo is located near Albuquerque’s historic Old Town and sits just east of the famous Rio Grande River and south of historic Route 66. The Zoo is undergoing an expansion stage and will soon house three species of penguins and larger, improved habitats for many of its animals.
The ABQ BioPark is comprised of the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach. The four facilities welcome more than 1.3 million visitors per year, making the ABQ BioPark the top tourist destination in New Mexico. The Rio Line train takes visitors between the Zoo and Aquarium/Botanic Garden. The 32-acre ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden has received several international accolades in the past few years, including being named one of the "20 Botanical Gardens with Beauty to Behold," by Trip Advisor in 2016. The facility opened its BUGarium in fall 2015. The ABQ BioPark Aquarium features a variety of colorful fish from Rocky Mountain streams to the Gulf Coast, including species representing the Pacific Ocean and tropical seas. Large species like sharks, stingrays, seahorses, and jellyfish can be seen. It’s also home to the Shark Reef Café, where guests can dine while viewing the residents of the facility’s Shark Tank - a special feeding by divers takes place each day at 2 p.m. Tingley Beach is a popular fishing destination in the city and offers pedal boats and opportunities for bird watching.
Icebreaker at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
The focus of this evening will be to entertain while telling the story of New Mexico through food and drink, emphasizing on sustainable and local. We will be showcasing produce from our very own Heritage Farm at the Botanic Garden, while also sourcing from our community.
Transportation will be provided. One ticket to the Icebreaker is included with a full or 3-day registration (when Tuesday is selected). Additional tickets can be purchased for $40 per person.
Zoo Day at the ABQ BioPark Zoo
Wednesday, March 29, 1:30 - 8:30 pm (Dinner at 5:00 pm)
This fun event will also focus on the history of New Mexico, going back to the turn of the century. We will be embracing our unique culture through food and drink; focusing on the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo influence.
Transportation will be provided. One ticket to Zoo Day is included with a full or 3-day registration (when Wednesday is selected). Additional tickets can be purchased for $40 per person.