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38.1 Albuquerque BioPark Attendance

This indicator looks at the total zoo attendance at the Albuquerque BioPark and our peer cities.

This indicator is part of Eco-sensitive residents.

Indicator description:

This indicator looks at the total zoo attendance at the Albuquerque BioPark and compares it to other peer Southwest communities. The BioPark includes the zoo, aquarium, and botanic gardens. Ecology is the study of the behavior of living things in their natural surroundings and how they affect each other. Residents can show their appreciation to ecological diversity by visiting zoological parks, aquariums and botanic gardens. Attendance is measured in the number of visitors each day for a year. In making comparisons to other cities, many regional/national zoos attendance figures are for zoo patrons only, and may or may not include attendance figures for associated facilities such as aquariums or botanical gardens. The City does not currently separate the attendance for each BioPark facility.

 

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Why is this indicator relevant?

In addition to providing a recreational venue for residents and visitors, the BioPark is an educational environment. In a 2005 survey of Albuquerque citizens, 73% answered “yes” when asked, “Did you learn anything new today?” Residents and visitors can be educated to appreciate and participate in the conservation of plants and animals of the world. Knowing why plants and animals live in some places and not in others can help aid citizens in conserving (protecting from waste or destruction) wildlife.

Data Source:

City of Albuquerque; Association of Zoos and Aquariums

What can we tell from the data?

  • The Albuquerque BioPark is the number one attended community park or museum in New Mexico (see Indicator 44.3).
  • Albuquerque is a leader among our peer cities in zoological/bio park attendance.

 

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