Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

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United States of America - New Mexico - Carlsbad

Institution Code: LIDSP

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park is an indoor/outdoor living museum displaying more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of plants that are native to the chihuahuan desert. While on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, visitors discover many faces of the Chihuahuan Desert, sandhills, pinon juniper to the desert uplands.

Main Address:
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
P.O. Box 100
New Mexico 88221 United States of America

Telephone: (575) 887-5516
Fax: (575)885-4478
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Adrian Stiteler, Zoo Director
    Curator's Name: Chris Dawson, Botanical Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Chris Dawson, Botanical Curator

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1971
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 607 Hectares
    Latitude: 32.4418700
    Longitude: -104.2794100
    Annual Rainfall: 325 mm
    Altitude: 975.40 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 50000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Boraginaceae, Cactaceae, Compositae, Euphorbiaceae, Gramineae, Leguminosae, Liliaceae.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: Yes