BioPark Zoo

(Albuquerque NM)
The BioPark included a zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, and a train ride between them. You could buy tickets for individual venues, or a combo for all. I felt that seeing the zoo would be enough walking for me. That turned out to be correct, as there were many walkways.

Bear, rocks

BioPark Zoo – Polar Bear

While they did try making the caged areas natural, the animals were still confined and seemed bored. Many were hiding or sleeping, and some pens or sections were closed-off for one reason or another. Still, as zoos are intended, I got to see lots of critters I might never encounter otherwise.

Bird, wall, branch

Colorful Macaw

Bird, fence

Maybe a Stork

Fish, logs

Piranha Fish

There were lots of wildly colored tropical birds, various fish including piranhas, and a ponderous polar bear. A few momma and baby pairs, like the elephants and hippopotamuses; only a mother could love those faces.

Elephants, wall, log

Elephants – Momma & Baby

Hippo, water


Turtle, log

Strange Turtle

Some were strange looking, like the turtle and iguana, and some of the birds. The rhinoceros were huge, and somehow the kangaroos didn’t seem quite the same when laying down. Several cats were mostly resting or sleeping. However, the puma looked majestic.

Lizard, rocks


Kangaroos, rock


Mountain lion, rocks


I was expecting the Tasmanian Devil to be a ferocious monster. Instead it was a curious little mutt. All of the monkeys were making a racket; except for the stern faced gorilla. Lots of snakes and other reptiles, critters like meerkats, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, camels, and many more were there. Some whose photos didn’t turn out so good, and many more that I just don’t have room to show.

Ape, grass, wall

Serious Gorilla

Critter, stones

Tasmanian Devil

Rhino, rocks, wall


Finally, I got to see the rare Giant Bobcat. It was so large and clever, that they made it participate in the construction of its own cage. It too was sleeping. Anyway, strolling around and seeing a large variety of exotic animals made for an interesting day.

Machine, fence

Giant Bobcat

Afterward, I went to nearby Old Town for a late lunch at Garcia’s Kitchen, yum. Then I filled-up Tardis with gas and headed west on I-40 to spend a free overnight at the Route 66 Casino.

Camp: Route 66 Casino – overnight
Scene: Zoo with exotic animals, birds, fish, reptiles

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2 Responses to BioPark Zoo

  1. Judie Ashford November 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    I always feel sorry for the animals – especially as you say, because they look bored. I have no idea what they think, though. Maybe they are actually happy not to constantly look over their shoulders waiting for some larger creature to creep on them with nefarious intent. At least in there they are safe from the two-legged creatures with guns.

    Virtual hugs,

    • Pleinguy November 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      Good points Judie. I believe many are also rescue cases that might not have survived if left in the wild.

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