Albuquerque Biological Park
The BioPark consists of three separate facilities,
the Rio Grande Zoological Park, the Albuquerque Aquarium
and the Rio Grande Botanic Garden.
The Rio Grande Zoo
sits on more than 60 acres just blocks from
Old Town and downtown Albuquerque. The Rio Grande Zoo has become
one of the leading zoos in the nation. Modern zoo medicine,
scientifically researched diets, naturalized habitats and specialized
animal management techniques have helped transform the Zoo into an oasis for
both exotic and native species. In keeping with its mission of
wildlife preservation, conservation and education, the Zoo has
established captive breeding programs for a number of threatened
and endangered species. In addition to a top-notch education
program and year round classes, the Zoo also offers an outstanding summer concert series.
At the Albuquerque Aquarium,
visitors follow the story of a
drop of water as it enters the upper Rio Grande high in the San
Juan Mountains of Colorado. The story continues as the drop flows
past canyons, deserts and valleys of New Mexico, Texas and Mexico,
through the lower Rio Grande and finally into the Gulf of Mexico.
A 285,000 gallon shark tank with floor to ceiling viewing windows
is the home of many large Gulf sharks. An eel cave gives visitors
the opportunity to see moray eels. Other tanks display schooling fish,
giant groupers and a variety of invertebrates. A tidal pool demonstrates
the effects of the tide on beaches and the animals that live just below the
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden
is 16 acres of developed and undeveloped land
including a 10,000 square foot conservatory. The conservatory is divided into
two houses- a Desert Pavilion that displays plants from the Chihuahuan and
Sonoran deserts and a Mediterranean Pavilion that displays plants from
areas around the world with Mediterranean climates. The Botanic Garden
is home to several specialty gardens, an herb garden, the Spanish/Moorish
Court, a ceremonial rose garden and a demonstration garden.
Conservation and environmental management, especially in terms
of water, plant and energy utilization, are a major focus.
The Albuquerque Biological Park's 'Children's Fantasy Garden' is a one-of-a-kind, multi-dimensional project imaginatively designed and engineered to encourage hands-on, interactive learning about plants, people and horticulture for children of all ages
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden has a 10,000 sq. ft. conservatory showcasing desert and Mediterranean climates