BioPark Evening Tours Begin This Week
Snow leopards are just some of the animals who get more lively after the sun goes down. Photo courtesy ABQ BioPark/Ray Watt.
June 11, 2014
Beat the heat--and the crowds--with a special evening tour at the BioPark's Zoo, Botanic Garden or the bosque by Tingley Beach. Experienced volunteer teachers and staff lead guided walks for small groups on Tuesday nights during June, July and August. It's an experience unlike any you will have during the day.
"An extra bonus to being at the BioPark after-hours on our evening walks is that these are pretty intimate tour groups," says Kathryn Venzor, education curator. "Each zoo and garden tour has around10 people in each group. You rarely see the other groups--it's almost like you have the place to yourself."
During the summer, many zoo animals rest during the hot daytime hours and become more active at dusk. Other crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most comfortable when the sun goes down. There's no telling for sure what guests will encounter during a Zoo Twilight Tour--animals all have access to indoor areas--but wombats and Tasmanian devils are often very active at night, the big cats appreciate the cooler temperatures and the peacocks begin to fly into the trees to roost. Night Walks at the Botanic Garden feature evening-blooming plants and guests often see bats, moths and other evening pollinators. Bosque Moonlight Hikes are a magical time to enjoy the cottonwoods and notice toads, beavers and great horned owls.
Tours are limited in size and happen only a few times each summer. Don't miss your chance to experience this unusual side of the BioPark. Guest can choose from the following dates:
Night Walks at the Botanic Garden
Bosque Moonlight Hikes
Twilight Tours at the Zoo
The Garden and Bosque tours cost $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors; Zoo tours are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Pre-registration is required and can be made online or via phone at 505-848-7180.