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Mayor Tim Keller Reopens ABQ BioPark Zoo

Public welcomed back Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

August 5, 2020 - The ABQ BioPark Zoo is reopening to the public after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will welcome the public back to its outdoor exhibits on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

"Especially with questions remaining around the re-opening of schools this fall, our City is stepping up to support families and parents, and the BioPark is a big part of that," said Mayor Tim Keller. "We're excited to bring this family favorite back in a safe way."
    
To keep visitors safe, the ABQ BioPark is making COVID-safe practices a priority, and has made a number of changes to ticketing and experiences:
  • Indoor areas including Penguin Chill, the reptile and crocodile buildings and Life on a Limb will remain closed. 
  • High-touch attractions such as the carousel and trains will not operate.
  • Daily public feedings and shows that draw crowds to one area are temporarily canceled.
  • Limited tickets will be available and guests are asked to reserve their tickets in advance online to secure their spot.
  • Visitors will have a 30-minute window to arrive for their scheduled visit. Timed ticketing will allow for proper social distancing at the facility.
  • Face masks or other face coverings are required. 
Visitors to the Zoo will encounter the Zoo Trek, a one-way, 1.3-mile one-way path through outdoor areas including the new Birds of the Islands exhibit, newly renovated habitats for Raptor Roost, the Cat Walk, elephants, Africa exhibits including gorillas, hippos and giraffes, and more. The Zoo has made a number of improvements since March. More information can be found here. 

To test run the new ticketing and experience procedures, the BioPark will open Friday, August 7 to BioPark Society members, who can use the new reservation system to reserve tickets for Friday and over the weekend.
 
The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden remains open, with a mile-long path through many of its beautiful outdoor areas. The garden will continue to offer early morning and weekend evening hours. Tingley Beach is now open for fishing. The ABQ BioPark Aquarium will remain closed at this time.
 
The Zoo will operate from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and timed ticketing will be in place. The last ticket of the day will be sold for 3:30-4 p.m. The Botanic Garden will continue with its early morning and evening hours of 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily and 5-8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting on August 17, both the Botanic Garden and Zoo will be closed on Mondays.
 
Like the Botanic Garden, New Mexico residents will receive a discount of $2 off adult admission and $1 off youth admission when visiting the Zoo.
 
"Our animals and their caretakers are thrilled to welcome visitors back to the Zoo," said Paul Garver, ABQ BioPark guest services manager. "We hope that our guests enjoy the new Zoo Trek, which is designed to keep our visitors and animals safe while enjoying popular animal habitats. We're also excited for folks to experience our new Birds of the Islands exhibit and newly renovated Raptor Roost exhibit."
 
More details about the BioPark's limited opening can be found here: www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/news/abq-biopark-limited-reopening
    
Tickets are available at https://abqbiopark.holdmyticket.com/ .