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Construction Projects

Stay updated on closures and progress of improvement projects at the ABQ BioPark.

Click on the artist rendering for a closer look at what to expect at the upcoming Penguin Chill exhibit. 

The ABQ BioPark is creating an enhanced experience for both our residents and human guests. You will notice some construction fences and perhaps small detours around the Zoo. The Zoo remains open and most habitats are available to enjoy.

Habitat Closures at the BioPark

Your Albuquerque tax dollars are at work creating new homes for many of our residents. The following habitats are closed until further notice:

  • Nightwatch (Zoo)
  • Parrots (Zoo)
  • Raptor Roost (Zoo)
  • Butterfly Pavilion (Botanic Garden)

Recently Updated/Added Habitats

  • Malayan tiger (Zoo)
  • Jaguar (Zoo)
  • The Colores Kid's Playground (Zoo)
  • Bird Annex (Behind the Scenes, Zoo)
  • Elephant Barn expansion (Zoo)

Current Projects

  • North American river otter (Aquarium) - Goal is to open June 2018!
    • Here is our most recent update:
      • For the Otters:
        -Horticulture is going in.
        -Behind the scenes food preparation area is being completed.
        -Otters should be moving from their current behind the scenes at the zoo
        into the new habitat in the next couple of weeks. This will give them time to get comfortable before the Grand Opening.

      • For the Guests:
        -Guest area walls are being painted and Education / Interpretation content is almost done being produced.
        -Guest area lighting being installed.

        Habitat facts:
        -Ground Breaking in April 2017
        -Exhibit will offer several viewing angles of the otters, including indoor, outdoor and even underwater viewing!

  • Penguin Chill (Zoo) - Goal is to open in fall 2018.

Watch the progress of select construction projects!

Penguin Chill

View time lapse videos of the building construction:

Camera 1

Camera 2 

Click on the images to view full screen versions: