Welcome from the
Friends of the Living Desert

This site is matained by the Friends of the Living Desert, a non-profit organization

that provides support for the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.  

E-mail: friendsoflivingdesert@gmail.com

Phone: 575-887-5516.

Pictures may be used for educational purposes.  

Copyright © Friends of the Living Desert. All rights reserved.


     Zoo Admission

        Age               Fee     

   13 and older  $5     

       7 to 12           $3 

6 and younger  free

January – December 2017


Story Time

​Feb. 2018

Volunteer  news

No charge for admission to the Visitor Center

You may notice a hard hat, ball, or even a pizza box in an enclosure, these are not trash. Animals which are used to covering many miles of territory in the wild need stimulation when confined to a small area. These are called enrichment items.

Sat. 24th 2 :00 pm

Raptor presentation

​Zoo newsletter

Open every day except Christmas day

See live birds

in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Winter Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last zoo entry 3:30 p.m.

This site is built and maintained by the Friends of the Living Desert, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the New Mexico Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in its mission to educate the public about the land we live in, its diversities and beauties. This park would not be the outstanding place  that it is without the support of the many individuals and organizations that make it happen. 

All of the animals in this zoo are either rescued or

captive born and cannot be released into the wild.

Coming events