Founded in 1927, the 64-acre (26 ha) Rio Grande Zoo, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a facility of the Albuquerque Biological Park.
Some of the most popular of the over 200 species are seals and sea
lions, chimpanzees, elephants, polar bears,
giraffes, hippos, koalas zebras or rhinos. Sections of the zoo include
an Africa exhibit area, an Australia exhibit area, the "Cat Walk", and
Tropical America. A narrow-gauge railroad connects the zoo to the other facilities of the Albuquerque Biological Park. The Albuquerque Biological Park is an accredited member of the AZA. They started keeping gorillas when a young female named Sandy arrived in November 1965 from Africa. Although she was hand reared, Herfanita (still residing at Albuquerque), was the first baby gorilla to born at this institution, in 1973, to parents Samba and Moko.
The Primate Exhibit Complex consists of three exhibit spaces, two for the Zoo’s gorilla population and one for the orangutans. Although there is no indoor yard, gorillas are always moved inside for the night. The overhang and the unobtrusive dry moat serve as inconspicuous security barriers between the primates and the zoo visitor. Both areas feature wooden jungle gyms (timber play structures) plants (hot-wire), and shade structures provide the primates relief from sun and double as opportunities for stimulating their climbing behaviors.