CARLSBAD, NM – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 11th and for this special occasion only, entrance fees are rolling back to their original price of $1.00 for visitors. Children six years old and under are free.
“This is a day of celebration for Living Desert, which has provided 40 years of service to the citizens of Carlsbad, Eddy County and the great state of New Mexico,” said Park Superintendent, Ken Britt. “The retro fee is a great way to encourage everyone to join us for this family-oriented day of fun at the zoo and to say thank you to the local community for their support over the years.”
Living Desert became a State Park in June 1971, and has evolved into a premier indoor/outdoor living museum, offering outdoor recreation and natural history education for visitors. Since 2002, Living Desert has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. A 1.3 mile paved trail offers a glimpse of native wildlife in natural exhibits with a zoo and botanical gardens designed to recreate the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.
Event activities are as follows:
8:45 a.m. Keeper talk with enrichment activity at Aviary
9:00 a.m. Special plant tour with Dean Ricer, retired Park Superintendent and Botanical Curator
9:15 a.m. Keeper talk with enrichment activity at Reptile House
9:45 a.m. Keeper talk with enrichment activity at Bolson Tortoise exhibit
10:30 a.m. Dedication ceremony and sculpture unveiling