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End of Year Thanks

Although 2020 came with challenges, the ABQ BioPark has a lot to celebrate.

Nov. 24, 2020 - Although this year came with challenges, the ABQ BioPark has so much to be thankful for. New babies, a new director and conservation milestones are just a few of the positive stories at the BioPark in 2020.

Zoo Babies

New Faces at the Aquarium and Farm 

  • The ABQ BioPark Aquarium announced a new male river otter named Dixon. He’s currently on exhibit with females Chaos and Mayhem.
  • Six new female Navajo churro sheep arrived at the Heritage Farm this summer to join male K’os. 

New Exhibits at the Zoo and Aquarium

  • The Zoo debuted its Birds of the Islands exhibit and a re-imagined raptor exhibit upon reopening this summer.
  • The Aquarium has a new frogfish exhibit that we can’t wait for you to visit when we reopen.

Conservation Milestone

The ABQ BioPark Aquatic Conservation Facility marked 20 years of its participation in conservation efforts to help save the Rio Grande silvery minnow, an endangered species native to New Mexico. Staff released 34,000 fish into the river earlier this month.

Penguins Mating

Macaroni penguin pair Minnow and Jamison produced two eggs this November, an excellent sign that the ABQ BioPark’s penguins are acclimating to their environment. Learn more.

New director

The ABQ BioPark is proud to welcome Stephanie Stowell as its new director. Stephanie has been with the ABQ BioPark as associate director since 2019. Learn more about Stephanie.

Facility Improvements

The ABQ BioPark used its spring closure to make a variety of upgrades at the Zoo like pool renovations for animals, walkway improvements and beautification projects. We’ve also made progress on the expansions and renovations in Australia and Asia.

ABQ BioPark Volunteers and Staff Step Up for Others During Pandemic