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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 wolf.FeaturesNotable species at the zoo includethe White Sands pupfish, the Mexican 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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  • I really like this zoo. Sometimes, it's hard to find inexpensive things to do when traveling, but this is right up my alley because it cost $2.50 a person. They have interesting animals that look well...  more »
  • Great little zoo with options to feed the ducks/turtles, see New Mexico wildlife along with exotic animals, a park to picnic in, and a playground for the kids. Surrounded by a fence, parents can let t...  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised when we first moved here. The zoo is very well kept, the animals well cared for and with the new monkey exhibit, it's a perfect little zoo. We love coming here in the summer...  more »
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  • This was a great little zoo. And cheap to go to. $6.50 for three of us (two adults and one child). It's not huge but there's eagles, bears, kangaroos, wolves and more to see. Plus there is an awesome play area for kids. Our 7 year old still had energy after seeing all the animals but ran himself out with some other kids on this play set. I would recommend stopping by and taking a look around. Great way to spend several hours with the family.
  • Truthfully, I have yet to visit this beautiful zoo. Waiting till my sons visit this summer so we can experience it together! One of my boys asked me if it was the zoo with the one-legged roadrunner! Back in the 90's, the animals were quite limited but we ALWAYS made it a family adventure, complete with "Mom's (my) amazing picnic lunches and a trip to Kid's Kingdom! Praise God for the rebuilding of that playground! Don't forget to RIDE THE TRAIN, and wave at everybody as you go by! Ah, life's simple pleasures in our community Paradise! God Bless! P.S. And don't forget to stop at the Rustic Cafe for a quick bite on the way back to Ruidoso. I recommend the chicken fried steak however, it's ALL GOOD! Best STAFF (and OWNER!) in town! Love you guys. 😎💟😇
  • Well worth the stop! Great little zoo. Was very relaxing. My 6 year old enjoyed it. Great little mix of animals. Thankful what they are doing for conservation.
  • I just moved to the area from a large metropolis. So the only word I can use to describe the park is quaint. I really love the cozy feel it has. And my son who has autism absolutely loves the park. He plays his heart out there and can't get enough. I'm looking into year round passes for my family. It's clean and safe. My son can run, play, and soak in the nature all around him. And i don't have to worry about him getting too far from me or running into traffic. Lol the staff are great. And I couldn't be more pleased to have such a unique place so close to home.
  • It's a cute little zoo - the animals seem happy enough, and the staff are friendly. The grounds are clean, and most importantly they are currently making improvements to the enclosures and facilities. My kid also got a kick out of the freight trains going by on the tracks just west of the zoo while we were there... Not a bad way to spend $4 (for one adult and one kid) and kill an hour or so.
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