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Albuquerque Biological Park
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Coordinates 35°04′41″N 106°39′48″W / 35.0781°N 106.6632°W / 35.0781; -106.6632
Memberships AZA

The Albuquerque Biological Park (or Albuquerque BioPark) is an environmental museum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It contains four separate facilities:

  • Albuquerque Aquarium - An aquarium with a 285,000-US-gallon (1,080,000 l) ocean tank containing Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from estuaries, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, and ocean, as well as many other exhibits.
  • ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden - A 36-acre (15 ha) botanic garden that includes a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) glass conservatory housing plants from desert and Mediterranean climate zones.
  • Rio Grande Zoo - A 64-acre (26 ha) zoo, with 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of paths and more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Elephants, giraffes, camels, lions, tigers, snow leopards, polar bears, hippos, gorillas, chimpanzees, zebras, and seals can be found here, along with more unusual animals such as koalas, hyenas, white rhinos, Tasmanian devils, wombats and African wild dogs. There is a variety of birds, from storks and eagles to roadrunners.
  • Tingley Beach - fishing lake, model boating lake, picnic areas, narrow gauge railroad, and paths.

The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

City records indicate more than 1,100 animals are in the BioPark's care during the fiscal year (as of December 2016).

The BioPark also operates a 36" narrow gauge railroad that connects these facilities.

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