Saturday, July 18, 2015

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad is situated in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Living Desert State Park has all the plants and animals that can be found in the desert.  It is the largest desert in North America.  There is a 1.3 mile trail that took us about 2 hours to walk through.  They had a lot of mammals but we could not see them as it was too hot for them to be out and I guess they were in the shade of the trees.  I asked about the birds and other animals that they had there, and was told that they were orphaned or injured and would not survive in the wild.  We talked with the Camp Host quite a while and she was very helpful telling us about the different places to visit in New Mexico.



Javelina

Javelina are also named "collared peccaries" because of the white ring of hair on their necks. They are often confused with wild pigs even though the two are not closely related. Unlike pigs, Javelina are found only in North and South America. They are well-adapted to desert life, with coloring that blends into the landscape and sharp canine teeth to defend themselves.

Road Runner





Bald Eagle

Prairie Dogs

















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