Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
|Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park|
|New Mexico State Park|
View of a trail at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
|- elevation||3,200 ft (975 m)|
|Area||1,500 acres (600 ha)|
|Management||New Mexico State Parks Division|
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, formerly the Living Desert Zoological and Botanical State Park, is a zoo and botanical garden displaying plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert in their native habitats. It is located off U.S. Route 285 at the north edge of Carlsbad, New Mexico, at an elevation of 3,200 feet (980 m) atop the Ocotillo Hills overlooking the city and the Pecos River. It is open every day except Christmas.
The zoo features more than forty native animal species, including pronghorn, badger, bison, bobcats, mule deer, elk, kit fox, Gila monster, cougar, prairie dogs, reptiles, fourteen species of snakes, and Mexican wolves. An aviary contains golden eagles, hawks, owls, a roadrunner, songbirds, and turkeys. The gardens feature a greenhouse and hundreds of cacti and succulents from around the world, including acacia, agave, small barrel cactus, cholla, ocotillo, prickly pear, saguaro, sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri), and yucca.
- "Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park Management and Development Plan" (PDF). Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park Receives Accreditation by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums" (PDF). state.nm.us. State of New Mexico. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- Media related to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Visit Carlsbad New Mexico