Thursday, March 6, 2014

Living Desert Zoo Carlsbad, New Mexico

November 9, 2013

 I am linking up with  Oh, the places I've been @ Tablescaper   and check out  Gemma's  Scenic Weekend   And Friday Postcards

 I am sharing some scenes from the Living Desert Zoo in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The Living Desert Zoo exhibits 40 species of native animals and hundreds of species of native plants. These are critters and plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. There is 1.3 miles of trail, walk along seeing the wildlife, native plants, flowers and of course seeing the native wild birds.

It was in the Aviary, I saw my first Roadrunner. They are quick movers and kind of funny to watch. I did not count this captured bird as a lifer but later in the trip I started seeing the Roadrunners in the wild. I was really surprised to see a lot of House Sparrows in the Aviary.

I love the cute roadrunner and the  hare riding the armadillo?

The Roadrunner in the aviary.

Are these birds are native to New Mexico,  they look like they belong in Costa Rica. They are a cute couple. I do NOT  remember their name, I am guessing the Red-Crowned Parrot.

A display of the pretty native plants.

A Eurasian Collared Dove, not a native but I found it in one of the trees in the zoo.

A cool Mountain Lion seen at the zoo, I did get to see (no photo) a real wild mountain lion at the Bosque Del Apache NWR later in the week.

The Black Bear is another native animal seen in New Mexico..

The Great Horned Owl..

A beautiful butterfly on one of the native plants.

This was one of the few lizards I saw during the vacation, I was expecting to see more.

The native plants at the zoo attracted many different butterflies and moths. I believe this one is a Sulfur..Clouded Yellow.

Another one of the pretties.  I have to find a website for native butterflies and moths of New Mexico.I hope you enjoyed the walk thru the zoo.

Thanks for stopping by and  I wish everyone a happy day!

I hope you enjoyed my travel and scenic post.  I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.  

 Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by to see my post and thanks to Gemma for hosting Scenic Weekends. also thank to Alma the host @ The Tablescaper
And Keryn from Friday Postcards


  1. I've not heard of a Living Desert Zoo before but it looks really interesting.

  2. Nice pictures! A real mountain lion - good for you. None for me and it is something to think about if you hike alone where these animals are known to be.

    I wish they would discourage these doves from staying even for a bit.

  3. Looks like a wonderful place to visit . . . roadrunners were very still in that first photo . . .

  4. Dearest Eileen;
    You made me bring back to my childhood memories. When I was very little, we used to have a small zoo in my city. Vague reminiscent memory p;)
    I wish I could see these animals. And I admire your fantastic photo of the moth♡♡♡

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  5. Beautiful place to visit! I love your photos, Eileen. ...Christine

  6. What a wonderful world to wander. I would be enchanted with this. The butterfly looks like an exquisite little fairy.

  7. Wonderful pictures! I should visit the zoo in my town.:) Have a nice weekend .

  8. Wonderful series! I love all the birds and the animals. Have a great day!

  9. So great images and beautiful butterflies, it's exciting with so many wild animals.

    Good Sunday from Marit.

  10. You have a very busy day in a zoo.

    And the animals love watching a busy people here.

  11. I would have also expected to see more lizards in New Mexico. This looks like a fun place. I may be passing through Carlsbad in the next few years on a family road trip, and I'll have to remember to stop at the Living Desert Zoo for a few hours.

  12. What an interesting place to visit Eileen!
    Beautiful wild animals!I like your butterfly pictures!Great shots!Wish you a happy week!!

  13. What a beautiful place to visit, and you captured it well with your outstanding photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. I loved your photos of this beautiful place. I've been there in person...we love going to Carlsbad...or USED to. Now that pot is flowing freely there, I doubt we'll ever go there again. Maybe Colorado will GROW UP and nip this in the bud. Hope so.
    xo bj

  15. It was a nice trip thru the zoo.

  16. Just stumbled across your great blog. The orange butterfly is a Queen, the yellow one a Southern Dogface (most cool!), and the black/white one a Common Checkered-Skipper. Best website is and I've got tons of pictures of NM butterflies at

    1. Thank you for the visit and comment! Enjoy your weekend!


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