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Alameda Park Zoo, Alamogordo

#5 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in New Mexico
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.
Notable species at the zoo include
the White Sands pupfish, the Mexican wolf, the Hawaiian goose, and the markhor goat.
The zoo is a Species Survival Plan Captive Facility
for 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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  • Who doesn't love watching monkees? No BIG animals. It is small but that makes it easy to walk and doesn't take all day.  more »
  • A small zoo doing well in a small town with a great DT park! Great for a stroll or a Picnic with family or friends  more »
  • Great little zoo. Perfect for a couple of hours . Staff members Becca and Foster were exceptional, greatly enhanced the visit. Very Reasonable entry fee. Gift store with ice cream treats. Have children program. Call or view online. The animals seem happy and tame. Watch out for the young brunette rushing around in the Jeep she's miserable and not helpful at all. Not a BIG zoo, however for a small town it's great. Great place for kids. There's a kiddie railroad next door, has strange hours, best to call ahead. This is a lovely little town.
  • It was a small zoo but absolutely a great way to spend an hour and $5 for 2 people. I wasn't expecting much but we were pleasantly surprised to see all the animals that they have. I was expecting only a few enclosures but it just kept going! Loved it!
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