I went to Wildlife West Nature Park after seeing their brochure at a local hotel. The picture of the Mexican Grey Wolf on the cover attracted me, and I was curious about seeing a local wildlife rescue, so I decided to make a day trip out to Edgewood on my way back from Santa Fe to the Albuquerque Sunport.
I certainly was not disappointed. What I found was a very nicely run wildlife rescue with sensitively designed enclosures and opportunities to see wildlife in a different setting. I really had the opportunity to see animals up close without having to battle crowds. This is not a zoo or major attraction, but a not-for-profit organization. And for an organization with a limited budget, I think they have developed a very nice environment for the rescued animals. There are at least 20 different stations, including compounds with housing the Mexican Grey Wolves and well known animals like mountain lions. Each compound has a brief description of how the animal came to Wildlife West.
As resources seem to be focused on care and livelihoods of the animal occupants, the facilities themselves are basic, but all the enclosures appear very secured. I saw Youth Conservation Corp members working to upgrade the facilities. The whole place is volunteer run, so it is a testament to the dedication of the volunteers to protection and rehabilitation of local wildlife.
A previous review called Wildlife West "a dump" and advised to "skip it". I could not disagree more. If you are looking for a very touristy animal attraction similar to the San Diego Zoo or Disney's Animal Kingdom, then Wildlife West might not suit your tastes. If you are like me, an animal enthusiast and a person who wants to support local wildlife rescue efforts, I think you'll genuine appreciate the area Wildlife West has developed and the good work that they do.
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