by Carmen Schwartz
The idea of a biopark is not an old concept. However, thankfully, it has become one that has caught on in the last decade, with more and more cities and states wanting nothing more than to combine their zoo protecting wildlife with areas that protect vegetation and habitats – huge areas that protect everything good about our environment.
For those who like to travel and see the beauty of the world, the Bioparco SpA is located on 42 stunning acres in Rome. This zoological garden offers a home to over 222 species. If traveling South instead of East, Sarovaram BioPark is an eco-friendly development in the Indian state of Kerala. This massive eco-friendly environment shows people a variety of ecosystems that run from wetlands to mangrove forests.
With more things to come, the development of this huge project shows the intense dedication people have to the health and wellbeing of our world. Bird habitats are maintained and are thriving, and the biopark is already one of the most popular spots for natives and vacationers.
When looking in America there are many states setting a biopark example, but a truly shining example of what a biopark is can be found in the Southwest.
The Albuquerque BioPark is what one would call a vacation spot, a working world, a safe home that promotes education and knowledge of our planet, and an environmental museum that makes New Mexico proud.
The BioPark is not one location; this massive project combines four separate facilities that you simply can not miss:
The Albuquerque Aquarium is a sight you will always remember. The spotlight centers on a 285,000-gallon ocean shark tank. Viewers are provided with species from a myriad of habitats located in the Gulf of Mexico. They live in everything from surf zones to coral reefs, with some coming straight out of the ocean blue.
‘Aliens of the Sea’ is an exhibit that features moon jellies and Japanese sea nettles, and a stunning sight is the Moray Eel Tunnel which is hugely popular with visitors. Knowledge is gained form comparing fish and seeing the variety of habitats found in the Rio Grande. And the Shark/Ray Encounter brings everyone up close and personal with bamboo sharks and stingrays.
But the BioPark doesn’t end there. The Rio Grande Botanic Garden takes up thirty-six acres and offers a 10,000-square-foot glass conservatory that is the home to a myriad of unforgettable plants from the desert, as well as Mediterranean climates. Putting the spotlight on the strange and interesting plants of the Southwest, a separate wing of the conservatory offers a look at colorful plantlife from Turkey to Chile.
The New Mexico habitats are varied; deserts, grasslands, lava flows, sand hills – and the viewer learns a host of new and exciting things about the amazing area.
Albuquerque went one step further with their project by offering visitors Railroad Hill, which is an unforgettable place of miniature trains and villages, including gigantic vegetables and insects found in the Children’s Fantasy Garden.
Animals are also represented in grand style at the BioPark – the Rio Grande to be exact. At the Rio Grande Zoo, 64 acres play home to more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. Some of the most popular on the list include seals, chimps, gorillas, polar bears (yes, even in the Southwest you can find a polar bear), hyenas, and white rhinos that will live in your memory forever.
Add in Tingley Beach to the mix, which is a lake that offers the perfect place for fishing, a model boating pond, paddle boating – with picnic areas, a narrow gauge railroad, and walking paths galore – and visitors find themselves enjoying the ultimate recreational retreat.
So as you research bioparks and become excited about protecting the world around you – head to Albuquerque, jump on the 36” narrow gauge railroad that connects all these fun facilities together, and get a true learning experience while you have the time of your life!
Source BeFirst Media Group / Baret News Wire