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5 Zoos and Nature Parks in Albuquerque

Zoos and Nature Parks in Abq

Experience Albuquerque’s diverse native wildlife in the funnest ways possible!

Albuquerque offers several different zoos and nature parks for you to have the chance to encounter both exotic and native animals right here in the city.

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. This Botanic Garden is over one and a half miles and has several exhibits including a Japanese garden, Mediterranean and Desert Conservatories, 1920s farm and more! ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden offers a variety of opportunities to make your experience unique, from guided bird walks to the Butterflies and Bees exhibit.

Wildlife West Nature Park

Experience a special look into Albuquerque’s native animals and plants at Wildlife West Nature Park. This wildlife refuge is 122-acres and located in nearby Edgewood, just 20 minutes from Albuquerque. This wildlife preserve features 24 different species of native New Mexican wildlife. Learn about the plants and animals that makeup the New Mexico ecosystem through their educational exhibits, fun interactive areas for children, and a team of experts.

ABQ BioPark Zoo

Get the chance to have close encounters with both exotic and native wildlife at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. This 64 acre Zoo features lions, elephants, kangaroos, toucans, tamarins, and more! Enjoy animal feedings and other daily activities such as visiting several shops. If you get hungry, enjoy some food at one of their fantastic restaurants.

Hollywick Farms LLC

Get up close and personal with friendly alpacas at Hollywick Farms! Visit this working alpaca farm, located at almost 7000 feet in the mountains east of Albuquerque, and you will be offered the opportunity to meet their herd and learn how their luxurious alpaca fur is utilized. Checkout their store to buy some quality handmade alpaca goods.

Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC)

Learn about Albuquerque’s natural landscapes, history, and culture at the Open Space Visitor Center. The OSVC is 30,000 acres of protected land. The Visitor Center is an award winning architectural design that provides its visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy educational exhibits, art galleries, gardens, walking trails, bird watching and more. Any wildlife enthusiast would fall in love with this park for its stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and special looks of Sandhill Cranes. Go for a guided walk into the riverside forest and discover Albuquerque’s wild!

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