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Living Desert Museum
Carlsbad, New Mexico


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A large flight cage, includes roadrunners

A large flight cage, includes roadrunners

There are three roadrunners visible in this photograph - or maybe the same one three times - they run around constantly.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Pathway at Living Desert

Pathway at Living Desert

Winding paths lined with interpretive signs lead through examples of desert landscapes at Living Desert State Park

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Desert upland section with yucca and juniper

Desert upland section with yucca and juniper

Living Desert State Park near Carlsbad is laid out in areas planted to resemble the major environments of New Mexico. This section represents the desert uplands, with juniper trees, several types of yucca, and ocotillo.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Nocturnal animals display

Nocturnal animals display

Many animals are unable to see by light at the red end of the spectrum. Here at Living Desert State Park nocturnal animals (active at night) are displayed in a cool underground space lit only by red light.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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A porcupine and a Hawk

A porcupine and a Hawk

This seemed like an odd couple to share an enclosure. The porcupine slept in the shade, the hawk watched, aloof, from a high branch. Living Desert State Park in Carlsbad.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Desert tortoises at Living Desert

Desert tortoises at Living Desert

The tortoises at Living Desert State Park in Carlsbad seem pretty happy. They walk slowly around, chewing on the short grass. When I was there one couple were apparently courting.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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A prairie dog town at Living Desert

A prairie dog town at Living Desert

The prairie dog town is always a favorite with young visitors. The "dogs", actually ground squirrels, pop in and out of their holes constantly. Lookouts stand up tall to scan for predators such as hawks, snakes, and coyotes.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Bison from the prairie, and elk from the mountains

Bison from the prairie, and elk from the mountains

Even these large ungulates have a home at Living Desert State Park. They don't put on much of a show for visitors , but this is a much closer view than most people will ever get in the wild.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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The waterfowl pond at Living Desert

The waterfowl pond at Living Desert

The Waterfowl Pond at Living Desert State Park is large enough to attract passing waterfowl. It is also permanent home for fish and amphibians native to New Mexico.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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A small tinaja (natural bedrock pond) habitat

A small tinaja (natural bedrock pond) habitat

This exhibit simulates the environment in a small bedrock pool, known as a tinaja (tank), or the running water of a desert spring. Such habitats are metaphorically islands of aquatic life in the ocean of the arid desert.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Exotic desert plants

Exotic desert plants

Carlsbad has moderately cold winters so sensitive desert plants in the museum must be kept in this screened shelter.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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Palo verde and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert

Palo verde and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert

Most of lowland New Mexico falls within the Chuhuahuan Desert, with many types of cactus and related species.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, near Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date photographed: April 8, 2014
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