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ABQ BioPark Zoo to reopen August 12

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: August 05, 2020 05:21 PM
Created: August 05, 2020 08:10 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After months of closure due to the pandemic, the ABQ BioPark Zoo is reopening August 12.

"Especially with questions remaining around the reopening of schools this fall, our city is stepping up to support families and parents, and the BioPark is a big part of that," Mayor Tim Keller said. "We're excited to bring this family favorite back in a safe way."


City officials said the BioPark is making COVID-safe practices a priority, including the following: 

  • 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 follow the 1.3 mile Zoo Trek – a one-way path through the outdoor areas. 

"Our animals and their caretakers are thrilled to welcome visitors back to the Zoo," Paul Garver, ABQ BioPark guest services manager, said. "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."

The zoo will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with timed ticketing in place. The last ticket of the day will be sold for 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Botanic Garden remains open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The ABQ BioPark Aquarium remains closed at this time. 

For more information about the reopening plans, click here

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