Are you a lover of nature and the natural world around us?  Do you especially love the Chihuahuan Desert and

the plants and animals that share it with us?  Are you passionate about the wide variety of animals who make

their home in this arid environment and would like to do something to share that with others?

 Then you may want to show your commitment to the conservation of these animals and join us at the Living Desert

Zoo and Gardens State Park and become a SPECIAL FRIEND in the Conservation Circle.


This program offers donors individual exclusive SPECIAL recognition of one of the Zoo's animals and or an animals exhibit.

How Do I Get Involved?

  • Fill out the interest form and mail it or drop it off at the Zoo.
  • We will set up a meeting with you to establish you as a member of the Conservationist Circle which will align                            you with the animal or animal exhibit of your choice and designate you as a "SPECIAL FRIEND of the Living Desert."

What is the Level of Commitment?

  • Because of the exclusive and special nature (pun intended) of this program, the  donation to Friends of the Living Desert is $10,000, payable in a lump sum or a two or three year payment plan.  This donation is tax deductible as the Friends of the Living Desert is a 501(c) 3 non-profit support dedicated only to support the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

How Will I be Recognized as a Member of the Conservationist Circle as a SPECIAL FRIEND?

  • Your name (or the name of your choice) will appear on a SPECIAL FRIEND plaque in the Visitors Center of the Living Desert.
  • At the exhibit of the animal you have selected, there will  be a special plaque designating you as the SPECIAL FRIEND for this animal and a member of the Conservationist Circle.
  • You will have a SPECIAL FRIEND of Living Desert Pass that will entitle you and your immediate family to visit the Zoo at no charge during normal business hours, 10% off in the Gift Shop as well as reciprocal free or discounted admission to over 100 other Association of  Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions throughout the U.S.A.    Note: The complete list of reciprocal zoos and aquariums is available here-->

  • Your donation and investment in this special program will last for 10 years.

Conservationist Circle of SPECIAL FRIENDS

        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.  

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