Rio Grande Zoo
|Location||Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA|
|Land area||64 acres (25.9 ha)|
|Number of species||200+|
Founded in 1927, the 64-acre (25.9 ha) Rio Grande Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Some of the most popular of the over 200 species are seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras, and rhinos. Sections of the zoo include an Africa exhibit area, an Australia exhibit area, the "Cat Walk", and Tropical America. A narrow-gauge railroad connects the zoo to the other facilities of the Albuquerque Biological Park. Walking distance through the zoo is 2.27 miles (3.65 km).
- 1 Animals
- 2 Exhibits
- 2.1 Flamingo Crossing
- 2.2 Frances V.R. Seebe Tropical America building
- 2.3 Reptile House
- 2.4 Raptors
- 2.5 Mexican Wolf Exhibit
- 2.6 Inukshuk Bay
- 2.7 The Cat Walk
- 2.8 Amphibians: Life on a Limb
- 2.9 Asia
- 2.10 Seals and Sea Lions Exhibit
- 2.11 Australia/Koala Creek
- 2.12 Nightwatch
- 2.13 Africa
- 2.14 Apes
- 2.15 Future exhibits
- 3 Gallery
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes
- 6 External links
The Rio Grande Zoo exhibit animals that pertain to various geographical areas. The zoo is divided into continents.
Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, white rhinoceros, common chimpanzee, laughing hyena, cheetah, maribou stork, lappet-faced vultures, Cape griffon vultures, hippopotamus, African lion, rock hyrax, slender tail meerkat, serval, African crested porcupine, lowland gorilla, ankole, naked mole rat, red river hog, warthog, hammerkop, saddle back crane, Stanley crane, cattle egret, Dromedary camel, wolf guenon, DeBrazza's monkey, klipsringer, Madagascar ground boa, Madagascar tree boa, ostrich, Africanh grooved frog, Lady Ross turaco, Aldabra tortoise, African wild dog, African pancake tortoise, Sudanese plated lizard.
Koala, echidna, Matchsies tree kangaroo, saltwater crocodile, lorikeet, carpet python, princess of wale's parakeet, woompo fruit dove, emu, red kangaroo, laughing kookaburra, budgegree, Micronesian kingfisher, palm cockatoo, Major Mitchell's cockatoo.
Asian elephant, bactrian camel, snow leopard, Bengal tiger, red panda, king cobra, reticulated python, Indian python, wrinkled hornbill, pygmy slow loris, slow loris, orangutan, siamang, komodo dragon, tasmanian wombats, takin.
Bobcat, mountain lion, copperhead, milk snake, garter snake, desert tortoise, American alligator, American bison, black-tailed prairie dog, California sea lion, Mexican wolf, bald eagle, great horned owl, roadrunner, axolotl, golden eagle, turkey vulture, tiger salamander.
South and Central America
Caribbean flamingo, scarlet ibis, golden lion tamarin, cotton top tamarin, spider monkey, howler monkey, Cuban amazon, hyacinth macaw, scarlet macaw, golden collared macaw, andean tinomou, vine snake, blue poison dart frog, green anaconda, angelfish, red-bellied piranha, toco toucan, sunbittern, emerald tree boa, tree boa, boa constrictor, dwarf caiman, jaguar, ocelot, two-toed sloth, military macaw, andean condor, caracara, thick-billed parrot, hawkheaded parrot, sun conure.
An island located at the beginning of the zoo that holds the zoos flock of Caribbean flamingos.
Frances V.R. Seebe Tropical America building
Before entering the Tropical America building, there is a mixed outdoor exhibit complete with a waterfall that houses scarlet ibis, Blue Cranes, and local waterfowl. The indoor facility that gives a Rainforst feel that is inhabited by toucans, spider monkeys, two-toed sloth, tamarins, orchids, tarantulas and colorful bromeliads. There are also terrariums that house green anaconda, angelfish, and red-bellied piranha.
The building was formerly used to hold many of the zoos reptiles and amphibians. The reptile house was remodled in 2012 to include taipans, death adders,Chinese alligator, and alligator snapping turtles. With the renovations the building houses mostly reptiles. The exhibit houses many species of cobras, rattle snakes, and lizards. There are two large areas where the zoos Komodo dragons are held. In a building located near the Reptile House the zoos temporary home for two large adult salt water crocodiles.
Several large exhibits that hold the zoos bald eagles, golden eagles, and andean condors as well as other birds.
Mexican Wolf Exhibit
Holds the zoos pack of Lobos or Mexican Grey Wolfs. There is also a sign connected to the exhibit that says future exhibit.
This exhibit offers many views of the Polar Bears were you can see them through underwater viewing windows or walk to the top of the exhibit and watch the bears lounge, feed, and slide down the waterfall.
The Cat Walk
Grottos in this exhibit hold African lions, mountain lions, Asian snow leopards, jaguars, Bengal tigers, ocelots, and red kangaroos. Smaller exhibits hold great horned owls, hyraxes, and meerkats.
Amphibians: Life on a Limb
With the renovation of the Reptile House done in 2012, the zoo opened up Amphibians: Life on a Limb in 2012 in the location of Gator Swamp, where the zoo used to hold its juevinile alligators. The building houses poison dart frogs, hellbenders, and caecilians as well as other amphibians. The zoo also houses the only captive population of locust coquis, critically endangered frogs from Puerto Rico.
The only portion of this exhibit open is a large elephant yard, and a smaller side yard that was once the only area for the zoos Asian elephants. The exhibit now holds six Asian Elephants in its herd. Rozana, also called Rozie, was born in the Rio Grande Zoo on November 8, 1992. On Sept. 2, 2009, Rozie gave birth to female elephant Daizy. Rozie is expecting her second calf due in November 2013. There is also an exhibit housing Bactrian Camels nearby.
Seals and Sea Lions Exhibit
Large exhibit with underwater viewing tank that houses sea lions, gray seals and harbor seals.
This area is under construction, but the open areas to the public house Koalas, Matschie's tree kangaroos, and budgerigars. The zoo also has on exhibit the only Tasmanian wombats in the United States.
Exhibit holding Slow Lorrises and Pygmy Lorrises. The connected outdoor exhibit is home to a pair of black and white ruffed lemurs and a pair of blue-eyed black lemurs.
Six acres of land holding 17 separate exhibits and 23 species of mammals and birds. Mammals include chimpanzees, warthogs, red river hogs, cheetahs, hippopotami, DeBrazza’s monkeys, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs. Birds include including Marabou storks, Cape griffon vultures, lappet-faced vultures, wattled cranes, hammerkops and saddle-billed storks.
Holds the zoos Gorillas, orangutans and siamangs.
- The zoo has began construction on a third part of the gorilla exhibit. They also began construction on a new aivary exhibit known as "Fowl Play", which will include hyacinth macaws, sun conures, burrowing owls and roadrunners. Fallowing that other renovations include an expansion of the Jaguar yard, an addition of an Otter exhibit, a new Gator Swamp for the growing gators, African bird aviary, plastic awareness exhibit, and an insectarium.
- There are plans to open up a new section to the zoos Australia exhibit to house the zoos adult Salt Water Crocodiles.
- The Zoo plans on opening an Asia exhibit. No further information has been given.
- Penguins chill exhibit- The Zoo plans opening a $7 Million exhibit to house Antarctic penguins. Species include:king penguins, gentoo penguins.
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