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Alameda Park Zoo, Alamogordo

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Alameda Park Zoo, located in Alamogordo, New Mexico, was founded in 1898 and claims to be the oldest zoo in the Southwestern United States. It is one of three AZA-accredited zoos in New Mexico and participates in the Species Survival Plan for the Mexican gray wolf.FeaturesNotable species at the zoo includethe White Sands pupfish, the Mexican gray wolf, the Hawaiian goose, and the markhor goat.The zoo is a Species Survival Plan Captive Facilityfor the Mexican gray wolf, and in 2006 there were two wolves resident in the zoo. Three Mexican gray wolf pups were born at the zoo in 1994, and seven in 1995.The zoo receives birds of prey that have been injured and heals them. If the birds are well enough to return to the wild they are released, otherwise they are kept in the zoo.Some special exhibits include a lemur exhibit,a birds of prey exhibit,and a butterfly garden.Several programs operate in the Educational Center, including an Eco-Ranger Junior Zookeeper program.The center is also open to the public for viewing videos and reading books from the collection. Some animals are housed in the center.Alameda Park Zoo is accredited through March 2011 by Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is one of about 220 zoos to hold AZA accreditation, and one of only three in New Mexico (the other two are Albuquerque Biological Park and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad).
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  • August 14, 2017
    We had some time to kill and figured for $2.50 we couldn't go wrong and we very pleased to make the detour. Much larger than expected and a great selection of animals that you could get up close to. W...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    The Alameda Zoo has a familial atmosphere. In the middle of the desert, he has found his special place in the heart of alamogordo, New Mexico. There are many beautiful animals to see. The Zoo offers always beautiful activities round the animals on a regular basis. The highlight is the ZooBoo to Halloween. It's worth a visit.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Loved that all the animals were out and it was easy to find. Definitely needs some updates but it was nicely set up. Wish the souvenir shop had its name on shot glasses and magnets. Only had it on t-s...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals here. Definitely a cool little day trip if you've got children. Once a month on Fridays they also open up to the public for free, with live music and food vendors which is a fun time with some friends.
  • May 29, 2017
    This is a great place for the family. Free summer time concerts and other programs in an​ otherwise very dull city. Animals here are well taken care of. Many animals are rescues and traded out with other zoos that don't want them anymore. This is a jewel.
  • April 19, 2017
    This is a wonderful zoo! Cheap admission, clean and beautiful grounds, lots of animals! Lemurs, cougars, otter, bear, ocelot, fox, aviary. All the animals seem happy and well-cared for, and the lovely, well-maintained park itself is worth the trip. There's even a playground for kids. We'll definitely return, especially since it's obvious that the money is spent making the space better for the animals.
  • June 5, 2017
    Nice, small little zoo. Not a lot of animals. Gift shop doesn't have much to choose from but the playground is small but really nice with a lot of shade.
  • March 20, 2017
    This is very nice little zoo. They have done a lot of beautification work on the zoo. They are also in the process of adding additional enclosures. They also have an excellent reciprocity program with other zoos. If you are a member at another zoo, be sure to bring your card for a discount.

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