Exhibit updates enhance animal and visitor experiences.
July 19, 2012
The ABQ BioPark Zoo reopened its Reptile House Sunday, July 22. The Reptile House is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is included with regular admission.
The reptile building closed while the heating and cooling systems were replaced. Reptiles are environmentally sensitive and exhibits must be carefully controlled. The efficient new system will save energy and money. Efficiency upgrades like this are an important part of the BioPark's conservation efforts.
"These renovations keep our animals healthy and happy," said Doug Hotle, Reptile & Amphibian Curator. "BioPark visitors can also expect to see new animals, including the world's deadliest snake, the taipan. Our reptile collection is unique, and the exhibits are unlike what you'll find at other zoos."
Several galleries have new themes. The Venom Gallery is filled with dangerous snakes, like the Death Adder from Australia, and highlights the bio-medical importance of venom. A new Conservation Gallery features work BioPark herpetologists are doing with native species, like the narrow-headed garter snake, and exotic species, like the endangered Chinese alligator. Amphibians are no longer on display in the building, because they are moving into a the new exhibit Amphibians: Life on a Limb.