ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Families flocked to the entrance as the zoo reopened its gates on Wednesday. They say it’s good to be back.
“We practically live here, so it was really tough for us whe everything shut down and the kids couldn’t wait to get baack and I’m a photographer myslef so I couldn’t wait to get back out, it’s just a great place to be,” said Biopark member Donald.
The zoo is currently only open to BioPark members and the indoor exhibits are still closed. When KRQE News 13 asked the kids what they were most excited for, some said polar bears, lions, and elephants.
Others were excited just to see it all. Safety protocols are also in place like having guests follow a one-way route through the zoo and requiring everyone to wear masks. “It’s just great family experience community experience that I know people have been looking for as COVID and quarantine issues has caused all to put a pause on our lives,” says Acting Director Stephanie Stowell.
During its closure, BioPark staff was able to make improvements around the zoo and finish two new bird exhibits “It’s kind of a double whammy of a great day. The zoo opened today and also debuting some of our new exhibits,” says Bird Curator Karen Waterfall.
The zoo is only open the Biopark members this weekend. It will open to the general public on Wednesday. You’ll need to get your tickets ahead of time online because they are only letting 150 guests in, every half hour.
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