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Get Up Close and Personal With Zoo Animals

Behind-the-scenes tours kick off this spring.

May 5, 2016

Have you ever dreamed of feeling a rhino's skin or meeting a kangaroo up close and personal?

The ABQ BioPark and New Mexico BioPark Society are offering animal enthusiasts the opportunity to come face to face with some of the ABQ BioPark Zoo's most spectacular animals in behind-the-scenes tours each Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

"Tour participants will love these keeper-guided adventures," said Darcie Martin, New Mexico BioPark Society Development Manager. "Zoo staff will share insights and fun stories about zoo residents, and participants will get a special opportunity to go behind the scenes with some of the animals."

Tours rotate to different locations each weekend - elephants, rhinos and giraffes, cats and carnivores, Australian Outback, reptile and croc house, vet clinic/croc house, and the ape house. All tours last one hour except the cats and carnivores tour, which lasts 75 minutes.

There are age requirements for the elephant, cats and carnivores and ape house tours - all other tours are geared for all ages.

Tickets & More Information

For more details on tour options and age requirements, call (505) 764-6297.

About Greeting Animals

Sometimes listed animals may not be available for a greeting. In this case, keepers will do their best to introduce visitors to another animal. Touching animals occurs at the keeper's discretion.