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Founded in 1927, the 64 acre Rio Grande Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker, is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park. The zoo offers visitors a pleasant stroll highlighted by close encounters with more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Popular species include seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras and rhinoceros. State-of-the-art exhibit design and eye-pleasing landscaping enhance zoo animal husbandry by creating naturalistic habitats complete with trees, grasses, water features and rockwork. Sights 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 .

Animals

The Rio Grande Zoo exhibit animals that pertain to geographical area. The zoo is divided into continents.

Africa

Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, White rhinoceros, Common chimpanzee, Laughing hyena, Cheetah, Maribou stork, Lappet-faced vultures, Cape Griffon vultures, Hippopatumus, 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, African grooved frog, Lady Ross turaco, Aldabra tortoise, African wild dog, African pancake tortoise, Sudanese plated lizard.

Australia/Oceania

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.

Asia

Asian elephant, bactrian camel, snow leopard, bengal tiger, red panda, reticulated python, Indian python, wrinkled hornbill, pygmy slow loris, slow loris, orangutan, siamang, komodo dragon, tankin.

Arctic

Polar bears, and arctic foxes.

North America

Bobcat, mountain lion, copperhead, milk snake, garter snake, desert tortoise, American alligator, black-tailed praire 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.

Gallery

Image:Juvenile black-tailed prairie dogs.jpg|Two juvenile Black-tailed Prairie DogsImage:Sleeping male African Lion.jpg|A sleeping male African LionImage:Mexican Wolf running.jpg|Mexican WolfImage:Cattle Egret at Rio Grande Zoo.jpg|Cattle EgretImage:Rio Grande Zoo metal sign.jpg|Sign at Zoo entranceImage:Rio Grande Zoo train.jpg|The train engine crossing a path in the zoo



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