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ABQ BioPark Gives Thanks

From new babies to conservation, the BioPark has a lot to be thankful for this year.

11/2/16 - The leaves are changing color and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Here at the ABQ BioPark, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.

New Zoo Babies

Bruno the lemur at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Summer 2016.

The Zoo is proud to be part of a number of Species Survival Plans. This year, the ABQ BioPark welcomed a male klipspringer named Kibo, a De Brazza’s monkey named Ari and a male white-and-black ruffed lemur named Bruno.

More New Animals

Lions Kenya and Dixie at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Summer 2016.

In addition to our new zoo babies, the ABQ BioPark welcomed a slew of other animals that were transferred from other zoos, including lions Kenya and Dixie, Mexican gray wolf Kawi and spotted hyena Smilla.

20 Year Anniversary

sea turtle at aquarium

This October marked the Botanic Garden and Aquarium’s 20th anniversary. The two facilities have come a long way in the past 20 years and the ABQ BioPark is participating in a number of promotions to commemorate this anniversary until the end of the year.

Upgraded Exhibits

Giraffes at ABQ BioPark. Photo: Tina Deines.

Thanks to last year's vote for the 1/8 cent tax, the ABQ BioPark has been able to begin implementing physical improvements to its facilities including upgrades to animal habitats.

Botanic Garden Internationally Recognized

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in the spring.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden was featured in FlipKey by Trip Advisor as one of the nation's top botanic gardens in early 2016. This was the second national recognition for the Botanic Garden in a matter of months. In July 2015, the Travel Channel selected the garden as number five on a list of the top 12 public gardens in the United States.

A Great Year of Conservation Activities

Matt with Juvenile Croc - Abidjan 2016 Trip

  • The ABQ BioPark returned to the Abidjan Zoo in West Africa to continue a conservation partnership for the West African slender-snouted crocodile, and a wild release could occur in the next year. 
  • The ABQ BioPark has had a successful year of Science Café events in breweries around the Albuquerque metro area.
  • The BioPark partnered with the Defenders of Wildlife and The Guild Theater for two conservation-minded movie screenings this year.  
  • The Conservation Committee was proud to host its first annual “Crush the Shell Trade” event at the Aquarium, which drew awareness to the devastating international trade of marine animals.
  • Senior Zookeeper Lisa Moore went to Namibia as part of the Earth Expeditions program to study cheetah conservation. Earth Expeditions courses aim to build an alliance of individuals with first-hand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding.
  • Aquarist Sara Hamilton traveled to Curacao for a coral conservation project.
  • Thanks to donations from the community, the ABQ BioPark raised more than one ton (1,000 pounds) of jeans for Jeans for Giraffes. Jeans for Giraffes recycles denim to raise money for giraffe research and to protect giraffe populations in Africa.
  • The BioPark herpetology department concluded a successful trial season of Frogwatch, a citizen science program that helps conserve amphibians by reporting data on the calls of local frogs and toads.

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