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2018 Excitement: Events, Exhibits at ABQ BioPark

Penguins, otters, and new education events top the list.

January 3, 2018 - It’s a new year and there’s a lot to get excited about at the ABQ BioPark. Here are just some of the things to look forward to in 2018.

River Otters

Come say hi to female river otters Chaos and Mayhem at the Aquarium. The exhibit will have interactive features highlighting otter diets, physical characteristics and conservation of this New Mexico native species, which once vanished from the Rio Grande but has been since reintroduced. Deck and underwater viewing options will give visitors a unique look into otter behavior. The habitat is scheduled to open this spring.


The wait is almost over! Three penguin species—gentoo, macaroni and king—will march into the Zoo this year. Visitors will go on a journey to the Southern Hemisphere to learn about all 18 penguin species, conservation challenges, amazing adaptations and more. There will also be interactive exhibits for adults and children alike, and opportunities for underwater viewing of the world’s fastest swimming penguin—the gentoo clocks in at 22 miles per hour! The goal for completion of the project is fall 2018.

New Education Events

The ABQ BioPark education department has dozens of educational events planned for 2018, from Aquarium Overnights to conservation awareness events throughout the facilities. A brand new addition this year includes National Jelly Day at the Aquarium.

Another Season of Zoo Music & Summer Nights

The ABQ BioPark will kick off another season of Zoo Music and Summer Nights at the Botanic Garden starting June 7. Lineup coming soon - check here for updates

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