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A polar bear showing off its swimming prowess.

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We're celebrating some of our favorite ocean animals at the Zoo and Aquarium!


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Mar 23, 2014 10:00 AM - Mar 28, 2014 12:00 PM


ABQ BioPark Zoo and Aquarium (varies)
903 10th Street and 2601 Central Avenue
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Marine mammals all over the world need our help. Changing climate, polluted oceans, shrinking habitat have lead many species to dire straights. But these extraordinary animals also inspire us.

Sunday, March 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Marine Mammals Discovery Day at the Zoo

Come to the Zoo to learn about our marine mammals with hands-on discovery stations at our polar bears and seals & sea lions exhibits to kick-off Marine Mammals Appreciation Week.

Sunday, March 23, 4 - 8 p.m. – Kick-off Benefit Dinner at Farina Alto!

Eat pizza for polar bears and otters and dolphins and more!

Support marine mammals while enjoying a delicious dinner at Farina Alto (10721 Montgomery Blvd NE). When you tell your server that you're eating to support the BioPark, 15% of your meal purchase will be donated to the New Mexico BioPark Society to help fund our conservation efforts. Visit our booth to learn more about our Marine Mammals Appreciation Week events.

Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28, 10 a.m. - Noon - Film Festival at the Aquarium

Each day, we'll show a different film in the Aquarium Theater. (Film titles TBA.) A BioPark keeper or other community experts will give a short introduction and be available for Q & A after the film.

  • Monday – Polar Bears
    Film: Arctic Tale - Narrated by Queen Latifa, Arctic Tale follows a polar bear cub and a walrus pup as they explore their icy environment.
  • Tuesday – Seals & Sea Lions
    Film: TBD
  • Wednesday – Whales
    Film: Kingdom of the Blue Whale
  • Thursday – Dolphins
    Film: Dolphins: Tribes of the Sea - Travel the world to see how dolphin groups in different locales interact with humans. And visit researchers as they discover just how intelligent and clever and intuitive dolphins really are.
  • Friday – Otters
    Film: Otter 501 - A baby sea otter, rescued by marine biologists after being windswept on shore, learns from a surrogate mother the skills she will need to survive in the wild.
    Speaker: Our expert on otters will be James Stuart from the NM Department of Game and Fish Conservation Services Division.


Included with regular admission.