Tag Archives: Aquarium

Albuquerque Biological Park – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Biological Park

Rio Grande Botanic Garden - TruckBotanic garden, aquarium and zoo form the Albuquerque Biological Park encompassing two locations. Walks through the Rio Grande Botanic Garden please the eye. The walled Spanish-Moorish Garden with a blue-tiled fountain soothes the senses. Curative herbs and plants used as traditional remedies abound in the Curandera Garden. The only requirement for entering the Children’s Fantasy Garden is to be young-at-heart. Based on an “Alice in Wonderland” theme the make-believe world includes a giant rabbit hole with 6-foot earthworms burrowing into walls, 11-foot watering can and a two-story “walk-in” pumpkin complete with oversize seeds and stringy “stuff.”

Alb AquariumNext to the gardens, the Albuquerque Aquarium follows a journey down the Rio Grande River from Albuquerque to the Gulf of Mexico. From fresh water riverine to deep ocean marine habitats are highlighted along the journey. Moon jellies mesmerize at my favorite exhibit. But, it’s hard to ignore the seemingly sinister residents in the shark tank – brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks.


The Rio Grande Zoo offers close encounters with over 250 species of native and exotic animals. One of the newest additiBaby Elephant - Rio Grande Zooons is Daizy, a female Asian elephant calf born September 2, 2009, weighing in at 318 pounds. Most days visitors can meet Daizy and mom Rozie in the main elephant yard between 10am-noon and 2-4pm, depending on the weather and baby’s energy. Popular zoo features include Tropical America, Gator Swamp and Africa filling six acres with 17 separate exhibits.                                                                         


Photo of Daizy courtesy Rio Grande Zoo.   

Seahorse Exhibit – Monterey Bay Aquarium – California

The Secret Lives of Seahorses

The award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium opened a new exhibit this week. The Secret Lives of Seahorses reveals fascinating tales of these unusual creatures.  The aquarium describes them, “With a head like a horse, a snout like an aardvark, a belly pouch like a kangaroo, a prehensile tail like a monkey and the ability to change colors like a chameleon, seahorses are anything but ordinary.”seahorse-from-pd-photoorg Watching these unique beings in environments similar to their habitats in the wild can be mesmerizing.

Fifteen species of seahorses, sea dragons, pipehorses and pipefish entice visitors to learn about the varied habitats in which they live and to understand the threats they face. Of the 34 known seahorse species, eight are listed as threatened.

When You Go: Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Hours vary by season and day of the week, check the website for details and information on purchasing tickets. The seahorse exhibit is included in general aquarium admission and remains at the aquarium until 2012.

Photo courtesy of PD Photo.org, a public domain photo website.