ABQ BioPark Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Founded in 1927, the 64-acre (26 ha) and located within the Albuquerque Biological Park, the zoo was originally known as the Rio Grande Zoo until it was renamed to its current name. Some of the most popular of the over 200 species are seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, cougars, monkeys, jaguars, zebras, and rhinos. Sections of the zoo include an Africa exhibit area, an Australia exhibit area, the "Cat Walk" and herpetology area. An endangered species carousel was added in 2016. A narrow-gauge railroad connects the zoo to the other facilities of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Walking distance through the zoo is 2.27 miles (3.65 km).
The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Matteo Isquierdo | Feb 22, 2018
It might be considered the off season because when I went there was a few animals "hibernating for the winter". Most importantly, there was a good chunk of animals currently out of their exhibit and when I say good junk, like double digit percent amount. One thing I did enjoy was seeing one of the zoo trainers go through their routine with one of the animals and gave them treats every time they did something correct. On top of that, the gentleman in the exhibit during this was able to share some great information that I enjoyed a lot. It's a nice little zoo but I would personally ask what the current occupancy is before I go in because I don't wanna pay to see so many empty exhibits.
Kymberly Goff | Mar 4, 2018
My kids love the zoo. Plenty to do and see with a large grassy area for them to run around. They allow outside food which is awesome if you have a family. However, we often eat at the cafe as the food is pretty good (albeit a bit expensive). We appreciate that we can ride the train to the aquarium as well if the weather isn't what we hoped for.
G W Carrera | Mar 2, 2018
Probably the wrong time to go to a zoo. Though the weather was nice many of the exhibits were closed for remodeling and a lot of the animals weren't available. As such we felt a discount admission should have been in order but wasn't offered. It should be a great zoo when everything is up and running.
Sean Gant | Feb 17, 2018
The ABQ Bio Park Zoo is a nice little zoo. We used to live nearby and would visit all year round. We just visited after being away for about two years and there's been quite a bit of improvements. There's also some new exhibits that are currently under construction too. Can't wait to see those either
Jered Mann | Jan 29, 2018
My family and I love coming here. We're finishing up our second 1 year membership. Its well worth the money, It pays for it's self in a couple visits. We come sometimes just to do the hand feedings or watch the ones we missed. Hope they do face paintings & the zip line again this summer.. x10**
Kay W | Apr 8, 2018
This is a neat little place to visit. It is not as big as some zoos that I have been to in the past, but they pack a lot into a small space! There are a great deal of large cats: lions, tigers, jaguars, etc. and they have a wide variety of reptiles and birds as well. The walk is quite pleasant in the morning, however, as with any zoo in the summer time the best time to go is in the morning before it gets too hot! The food was pretty good at the cafe in the middle of the park, they have sandwiches, pizza, burgers, salads, etc. A little pricey for what you get but not too extravagant; and I saw many people bringing their own picnics if you are into that as well. They also have an ice cream and slushy shop right beside the cafe for a tasty treat after lunch, so yummy! I would definitely recommend getting a family, couple or individual year pass as it is a great value if you are going to visit the park or aquarium more than just once in a year and you get half off many other zoos around the US with the pass as well! All in all it is a great little adventure out for the day with tons to see!
Hoyt Roberson | Apr 23, 2018
Today was average. Don't get me wrong. For a small zoo, the Biopark is both well done and getting better. The challenge with today has to do with some of that "getting better." Several areas were either under construction or were not open - the animals were not on display. The elephants were not out and the raptor enclosures were closed. Some enclosures had signs along the idea of "we know the health condition of the animal and were treating it," which makes one wonder why one such animal was in the zoo, much less multiple ones. Just a feeling perhaps of being unsettled. On the other hand, the hippos were active and even out of the water, the female lion was active, as were the chimps and the giraffes. The free roam peacocks were our strutting their stuff. On a slightly different note, the food in the cafeteria is much improved but remains a bit pricey. We enjoyed a gorgeous day, got some good pictures, and enjoyed ourselves. Still recommended and looking forward to the day when things are cleaned up.
Rich Payne | May 1, 2018
I love zoo's this one was nice clean and very friendly environment. The chips were very active when I was there, lots of baby chimps. Animals looked well taken care of and happy. Spoke to a couple of trainers and you can feel thier passion for the residents. I would go back in a heartbeat. Help full hint: get the pass for the zoo and aquarium it saves some money and they have a little train to take you the 2 mile trip
J R | May 6, 2018
This zoo is very walkable. There are a great number and variety of animals. Improvements are always underway which can be drag at times, but mean that we're going to have an even better zoo. It's not San Diego Zoo or National Zoo, but when compared to cities of similar size, Albuquerque really has a wonderful zoo.
Jenny Lloyd-Strovas | Mar 11, 2018
Great zoo! Their annual passes are very affordable and well worth the cost. Weekdays are great because it's less crowded. They allow you to bring in food, so pack a lunch and blanket, or bring a box of pizza! You can have a picnic in the large grassy park in the center of the zoo. (We bought lunch at the zoo cafe the other day and it was $40 for 3 entrees plus a side.)
Amanda Garcia | May 21, 2018
Zoo was really great. Prices were descent not to expensive. Had many different kinds and types of animals. My husband and I took our two daughters ages 1 and 4 and they both loved it and had a blast. The polar bears were such a great sight to see. I also love how you can buy combo passes and the train will take you to the aquarium and botanical garden as well as the zoo. You can also take in your own food and drinks which is a definite plus for me. The only thing that I did not like was I called and also asked google if I needed to print out my tickets or if i could just show them off my phone and both said I could show them off my phone and when we got to the zoo the employee informed us that he needed the tickets printed out. Thank goodness they have an office right there and they can print them out for you.
Alex Castro | Jun 8, 2018
We went for the first time to Albuquerque Zoo and we were amazed by the different animals. Though there's a lot of construction being done for new animals it was still awesome. The prices were reasonable as was the location and hours. My husband and I enjoyed the train ride for the African Train Ride and though purchased separate, the carousel was fun. Clean zoo but little pricey for the restaurant. Lots of places to sit and relax. We will definitely bring our friends the next time we visit. Wonderful animal exhibits.
Ashley Nix | Jun 6, 2018
Took the kids for a fun day out. They enjoy going. Only my second time going. I enjoyed it, we go there right after it opened so some animals were not out yet. Did get to see the new baby elephant. My daughter loved the animal that smelled like buttered popcorn. Such a fun experience.
Sarah Schindler | Jun 5, 2018
Always a great place for the whole family. Take a picnic and blanket. New to the zoo is the kids play area. Under construction still is the penguin exhibit. Looks like it's still coming along nicely. Feed the ducks and the birds. One thing that would be nice is for the park to put and enforce a no smoking of any kind in the park. There are various areas that are so covered that people do this and I'm not sure how it's could be enforced but it would be nice. It's really not a place that families or neck even the animals should be exposed to it.
Bobbi Sands | May 10, 2018
What an amazingly magical place to spend a beautiful day! Uplift your spirits and relax, enjoy all the beauty. Sights and sounds. I'm super excited for the 🐧 🐧! I highly recommend a membership! It's the best value and an excellent way to support the parks. Go anytime all year long. Take your time and enjoy!
Patty Butler | Jun 30, 2018
I can't believe this zoo is in Albuquerque! It is by far the best zoo I have ever been to. I am a grandmother and have visited some big named zoos in my life. That being said, Albuquerque zoo is amazing!!! You can get up close to all of the animals. They are vocal and active. I have never heard a tiger roar or seen a polar bear swim. Now I have! Thanks to this outstanding zoo!!! And it is very inexpensive to get in. Check out the carousel. Very well done. And you can bring in food and drinks. Check this place out! I love this zoo.
Robin Manzanares | Aug 10, 2018
I love this place. We've been here numerous times but my children just love to come back. They enjoy all the animals. This last time my family and I got to watch a gorilla eat. Well we watch the gorilla she would mimic my 7 year old child. Like she was indicating that she wanted to play with her. This was one of the best trips ever. I wish we could have more like this one.😍😘🙈🐒
Robert Kelley | Jul 29, 2018
I love the BioParks, including the Zoo, but I can't help but feel that it has so much potential to be such a gem within Albuquerque. Don't get me wrong, as a NM resident, it's worth the 10 dollars. For sure. But there's just something about the small habitats, the construction, the closed exhibits, and lack of engagement that makes this place fall short. I would love to see some renovations within the Zoo. Repainting old benches, adding some more plants along walkways, posted signs of animal feeding times (giraffes, specifically), a bigger and more open exhibit for the monkeys and elephants and lions. The Zoo is so wonderful and I'm sure it takes a lot of revenue to keep up the establishment, and there are lots of fun activities. I also believe that when we take on these exotic animals from their natural habitats, we owe it to them and to the city to provide the best possible quality of life and living spaces for them.
Nelda Munoz | Aug 7, 2018
We got there at 9 am as soon as they opened. We make our way to Gorillas and other monkeys...they were STILL in their enclosures until nearly 10 because workers were feeding and watering! If zoo opens at 9 I think all animals should be out at 9! I didn’t pay to watch them throw out food! Workers should have had everything ready to go at 9. Oh and if you are out of state you pay more than NM residents! Other than that...it was a good zoo experience...
Mari Madrid | Jul 30, 2018
Great place for family! As a NM resident, born and raised, I remember the zoo being much more exciting before. Seems like all the animals are slowly going away. Not many things to see anymore, also allot of the attractions are either closed off or still being built/ coming soon. Nonetheless, still a great place for the kids and good spot to sit in the grass and have a picnic while watching the ducks and fish swim around..
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