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.

 A Friend of the Living Desert can walk the park free as often as they wish for one year.

A Lifetime Friend can visit all they want to for....... a lifetime.

Application PDF

Types of Friends of the Living Desert Membership

Individual - $20.00

  • Unlimited admission for 1 adult for 1 full year
  • 2 one-time use 1/2 price Gift Passes (good for 1 year)
  • 10% discount in the Gift  Shop
  • Reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.*
  • $10 discount off camper's fee for  Zoo Camp attendees 


Family -  $40.00

  • Unlimited admission for  your immediate family (members of your household) for 1 full year.  Please note: only 1 membership card can be issued per membership.
  • 4 one-time use 1/2 price Gift Passes (good for 1 year)
  • 10% discount in the Gift  Shop
  • Reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.*
  • $10 discount off the camper's fee for Zoo Camp attendees


Grandparent -  $45.00

  • Unlimited admission for 2 adults and up to 10 grandchildren  for 1 full year.  Please note: only 1 membership card will be issued per membership.
  • 10% discount in the Gift  Shop
  • Reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.*
  • $10 discount off the camper's fee for  Zoo Camp attendees


Supporting - $75.00

  • Unlimited admission for your immediate family (members of your household) for 1 full year.  Please note: only 1 membership card can be issued per membership.
  • 10 one-time use 1/2 price Guest Passes (good for 1 year)
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop
  • Reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.*
  • $10 discount off the camper's fee for Zoo Camp attendees


Life - $500.00

  • Unlimited admission for you and your guest.
  • 1/2 price Guest Passes upon request (good for 1 year)
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop
  • Reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.*
  • $10 discount off the camper's fee for Zoo Camp


Business - Five employees or fewer- $100

Over 5 employees- $20 per employee

  • Family memberships for your employees with the same benefits of our Family memberships (see above) except they do not come with 1/2 price one-time Guest Passes.
  • 20 one time 1/2 price Guest Passes (good for 1 year) to be used at the discretion of the business.


* The complete list of reciprocal Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is available here.




Postcards will be sent near the expiration date of your membership to let you know when it is time to renew your membership.


All Friends of the Living Desert are invited to attend the yearly potluck meeting to learn what has happened in the past year, what is being planned for the next year, and election of Friends of the Living Desert Board Members.  Postcards are sent announcing the date of the meeting.