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Mother's Day at the Zoo

Celebrate Mom with the wild ones!

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Mother's Day at the Zoo | Sunday, May 14, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | ABQ BioPark Zoo

Celebrate Mom with the variety of Zoo mothers and their little wild ones. All moms will be celebrated during this special day whether they have toes, paws, hooves or claws. Enjoy music around every corner with the family as you learn more about how the animals raise their young at our Zoo. Grab a yummy snack from one of the stands around the facility or have a picnic in the grass. Treat Mom like a queen! 

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Local Entertainment

Guests can enjoy a variety of music all around the Zoo. Check out the entertainment schedule and locations and discover local talent around every corner. 

Flamingo Gazebo Mothers-Day-at-the-Zoo-Animal Tracks - Bear Paws

Turquoise Trail

The Lounge (on the Bandshell) 

African Marketplace

Raptor Roost 

  • 10 a.m. - Jared & Muni - Jazz
  • 12 p.m. - Lasotras - New Mexican 
  • 2 p.m. - Trio Bravo - Mariachi 

Discovery Stations

Hippo Discovery Station at the Hippo Habitat

Did you know that hippo mothers will stay in the water for several days after birth, just to care for their newborn baby? Visit the hippo habitat and learn how Karen cares for baby Matilda.         

Sumatran Orangutan Discovery Station at the Orangutan Habitat

Did you know that orangutans are pregnant for 9 months just like humans? Come see baby Bulan hanging out with his mother Sarah, just before his first birthday on May 15.

Western Lowland Gorilla Discovery Station at the Gorilla Habitat

Observe first time mother Samantha caring for her baby Mashika.            

Gentoo Penguin Discovery Station in Penguin Chill

Visit Penguin Chill and learn how Gentoo penguin parents Digit and Killian worked together to incubate the egg and raise the chick. You may see him swimming around with the rest of the flock in Penguin Chill! 

*Discovery Stations are subject to change.

BioPark Connections

Get closer and learn more! BioPark educators and animal care staff will give you an insider’s look at how we care for animals, plants and our planet.​ Plan to be at the exhibits below at the listed times during Mother's Day at the Zoo. 

Discovery Station Schedule

Eats & Treats 

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There will specialty items available at a variety of eateries and snack stations around the Zoo including pulled pork sliders and buffalo chicken waffle fries at the Penguin Chill, a chicken Philly, inferno burger, and a big dawg at the Cottonwood Café, and a churro sundae at the Matunda Café. 

Mother's Day Brunch Basket

Get Mom an extra special gift while celebrating her at the Zoo. A special Mother's Day Brunch Basket will be offered for an additional cost, available day-of the event for purchase at the Cottonwood Café (limited availability).

Mother's Day Brunch Basket food items 


  • Shared charcuterie: meats, cheeses, crackers, dried fruits, and candied nuts
  • Grilled Salmon Club: grilled salmon over fresh grilled sourdough, soy aioli, green leaf, heirloom tomato, and smoky bacon
  • Curry jicama potato salad 
  • Pineapple cheesecake
  • Canned wine or bottle water

Loaded Bloody Mary Bar 

Mom and adults with an ID can purchase and enjoy their choice of a Green Chile Bloody Mary or regular one-time build-your-own Bloody Mary. Build-your-own option includes topping choices like meatballs, pearled onions, candied bacon, banana peppers, green olives, carrot sticks, assorted cheeses, roasted artichokes, celery, pretzels, shrimp, jalapeño poppers, mini grilled cheese, pepperoni, mini dill pickles, salami, lemon crowns and waffle fries. 

Mother's Day Bloody Mary 

Loaded Mimosa

For a refreshing libation, mimosas will be available with a one-time build-your-own! Juice options include strawberry, peach, pineapple, mango, watermelon and more! 

Mother's Day at the Zoo Mimosa Bar setup 

Kids' Activities

Lions, tigers, and fun, oh my! Enjoy free face painting all day!

Planning Your Visit 

Get tickets ahead of time and beat the line. Grab a meal from the Cottonwood Café or treats from the variety of snack bars. 

Event Details 

Glass containers, alcohol, tents, canopies, and sports equipment are prohibited. Pets are not allowed at the ABQ BioPark. 

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