Albuquerque's zoo is home to many babies. See them grow.
- Look for Jazmine learning how to be an Asian elephant with the help of big sister Daizy.
- Meet Abiquiu (a.k.a. "Abi") the reticulated giraffe.
- Watch Pixel the baby orangutan and big sister Reese play on their jungle gym.
- Find Chopper the rambunctious white rhino wallowing in mud and galloping in Africa.
- Try to spot Kira and Trini the snow leopard twins. They're shy, but curious.
Zoo babies are always exciting additions to the ABQ BioPark. From snow leopards and elephants to Socorro doves and coqui frogs, new life is growing and thriving at the Zoo. In 2013 alone, the BioPark welcomed a reticulated giraffe, Sumatran orangutan, snow leopard twins, crocodile skinks, Diamondback rattlesnakes, Rio Grande silvery minnows, Socorros Doves, coqui frogs and Micronesian kingfishers.
Our Actions Matter
Zoos around the world help protect animals through Species Survival Plans (SSP). Organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), SSP Programs arrange adult pairs to maintain genetic diversity.
The BioPark participates in Species Survival Plans for 29 different species:
- The ABQ BioPark is an Elephant Breeding Facility and is home to a multi-generational herd.
- White rhinos (Ceratotherium simum simum) nearly went extinct in the early 1900s due to poaching for horns. Captive breeding programs have helped restore populations to 20,000 individuals.
- Orangutans are critically endangered due to deforestation and habitat loss, but babies born at the Zoo help ensure the survival of the species.
- The BioPark is a leader in snow leopard conservation, breeding and raising young with unparalleled success.
Resources and Links
Zoo Baby Videos
Zoo Baby Photos
View slideshow on Flickr.