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behind-the-scenes tours

Update 10-29-2021: We greatly appreciate the high levels of interest in our Behind-the-Scenes Tours program, and at this time, our 2021 waitlist is full. Thank you so much for your support! We are working on adding tours to serve our pre-pandemic and waitlisted tour guests. Please check back here soon for 2022 tour offerings and availability.

Want to book a tour sooner, with more flexible scheduling? Consider a Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour! Please reach out to our Guest Encounters Manager at guestencounters@bioparksociety.org or call 505-333-9002 for details and pricing.

In order to protect the health and wellness of our human and animal community, ABQ BioPark Behind-the-Scenes Tours are being offered in a limited capacity. Tour availability is subject to change without notice per public orders.

Your up-close adventure awaits! Check out the links to the left for tour details.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours General Information

Come face to face with some of the ABQ BioPark’s most curious and endearing animals on these keeper-guided adventures. BioPark staff will share insights and fun stories about our residents and discuss how Our Actions Matter in conserving the natural world. (Direct physical contact with animals is at the keeper’s discretion and should not be expected during a tour.)

  • Times and prices vary. Prices include admission to the Zoo or Aquarium/Garden.
  • There is a maximum of 10 guests per tour.
  • All tour guests must be 3 years of age or older.
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Strollers are generally discouraged.
  • If you require accessibility assistance or have other questions regarding accommodations please inform us when you book your tour; some variations may need to be made to the promoted tour.
  • Tours occur regardless of weather conditions. Please dress and plan accordingly.
  • Photos may only be taken with direct permission from the Animal Care team.
  • Bring water and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Please no high heels on the Aquarium tour.
  • Due to special access and regulation facility safety standards, late arrivals may NOT be accommodated. Please arrive early for your tour.
  • Please be aware that if you suffer from any autoimmune diseases, these tours may expose you to different environmental elements such as nuts, hay, dust, etc. Peanuts and other allergy-causing products are used in many areas. Please check before scheduling the tour.

Situations may arise when a listed animal is not available to be seen or greeted. Keepers will do their best to ensure a quality tour, and the opportunity to meet another animal should this happen.

Tours also included with select Club Memberships

Exclusive VIP Experience

Want to experience a tour on a date and time of your choice? Looking for something a bit more private? Contact guestencounters@bioparksociety.org or call 505-333-9002. Prices start at $500.00.