Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Carlsbad

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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 3200ft atop the Ocotillo Hills overlooking the city and the Pecos River. It is open every day except Christmas.The park has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2002.
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  • The zoo park was rather small and the exhibits they had werw outdated . The weathered looking ranger? With blondish hair was really rude for no reason. I would skip unless you have nevwr been to a goo...  more »
  • Small, well kept zoo with scenic mountain view overlooking Carlsbad. Trails plentiful with desert vegetation. Animals were for the most part visible, though some cages were empty and undergoing renova...  more »
  • This is a nice little “zoo/garden.” Most of the animals have roomy habitats. I was glad to hear that some were there because of injury, born in other zoos, or too use to people. The garden is a little...  more »

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