Naturally Evolving

Stay updated on closures and progress of improvement projects at the ABQ BioPark.
Malayan tiger from Dreamstime

Naturally Evolving: ABQ BioPark Gross Receipts Tax Dollars At Work

The ABQ BioPark is creating an enhanced experience for both our residents and human guests. You will notice some construction fences and perhaps small detours around the Zoo. The Zoo remains open and most habitats are available to enjoy. Many of our projects are funded by the Gross Receipts Tax, passed by voters and enacted in 2016. Access the 2022 GRT report.

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Habitat Closures 

Completed Projects 

Current Projects

Habitat Closures at the BioPark

Your Albuquerque tax dollars are at work creating new homes for many of our residents. The following habitats are closed until further notice:

  • Australia (Zoo)

Completed GRT Projects


  • Asian elephant deck, 2021 (Zoo)
  • Raptor Roost, 2020 (Zoo)
  • Birds of the Islands, 2020 (Zoo)
  • Penguin Chill, 2019 (Zoo)
  • Butterflies and Bees, 2018 (Botanic Garden)
  • North American River Otter, 2018 (Aquarium)
  • Elephant barn expansion, 2018 (Zoo)
  • Jaguar, 2017 (Zoo)
  • Malayan tiger, 2017 (Zoo)

Backstage Improvements

  • Zebra training walls & gates, 2021 (Zoo)
  • Perimeter wall improvements, 2021 (Zoo)
  • Improved sidewalks, 2021 (Zoo)
  • Utility expansions, 2021 (Zoo and Botanic Garden)
  • Africa pools, 2020-2021(Zoo)
  • Cooling towers, 2020 (Aquarium)

Current Projects

Asia Site Plan (click to enlarge)

Map of new planned Asia exhibit