Alameda Park Zoo

Written by on November 18, 2013 in NM Attractions - Comments Off on Alameda Park Zoo

In the town of Alamogordo, New Mexico, the Alameda Park Zoo is said to be the oldest zoo in the Southwest and was established in 1898. It also happens to be the smallest zoo to be Association of Zoo & Aquarium (AZA) Accredited, a prestigious distinction which indicates that the zoo has achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. It’s tiny but very nice. Don’t plan a special trip around the zoo, but if you are in the area, it’s a great place to stop. Kids especially love the playground area.

With more than 12 acres and over 250 exotic and indigenous animals, the zoo is a wonderful place to take the whole family. The zoo also has an education center, gift shop, restroom facilities and picnic area. It is available for after-hours private rentals like company picnics, birthday parties and reunions. Open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas and New Year’s, visitors will want to stop and see some of the more unusual species like the White Sands pupfish, the Mexican gray wolves and the Markhor goats.

Because the zoo is one of the first in the country and was created before all the special barriers were created, guests are amazed at how close they can get to the animals. The grounds are well groomed and the setting is very intimate.

Other attractions in the area include:
White Sands National Monument
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Carlsbad Caverns

Alameda Park Zoo
1321 N. White Sands Boulevard, Alamogordo
(northwest corner of Hwy 54/70 and 10th Street)
Phone: 575-439-4290

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