From new animals to new exhibits, Albuquerque BioPark staff are celebrating a successful 2018, and they are busy gearing up for next year.
According to zoo staff, there were a lot of significant births this year and plenty of milestones to celebrate.
The zoo welcomed baby hyena sisters Havoc and Ruckus, the first hyena cubs born at the BioPark in 31 years.
“The parents had all these new vocalizations that we had never heard before so it was a great learning experience for the staff,” says Zoo Manager Lynn Tupa.
Baby elephant Thorn was also born in May.
“They’re watching the changes happening and I think everybody is excited when we do have new cubs or a birth here or there, or we bring in new animals,” Tupa says.
The BioPark also welcomed three one-year-old cheetah brothers from Texas.
“The names are Pinto, Garbanzo and Borracho. We have nicknamed them ‘the beans,'” says zookeeper, Jenn Erickson.
This year also brought plenty of milestones to celebrate: one of the oldest animals in the zoo, gorilla Huerfanita, celebrated her 45th birthday.
Tupa says 2018 was a good year for the BioPark, but with a baby giraffe on the way and a new penguin exhibit set to open, they are ready for 2019.
“We get lots of crowds when we open a new exhibit or bring new animals in, so they really support us through the years,” Tupa says.
Moe the hippo also turned 45 this year, and two Tasmanian Devils arrived at the BioPark in late October.
The penguin exhibit is set to open next spring.