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“If you love animals...”

Wildlife West Nature Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Edgewood
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Owner description: A wildlife preserve and "enhanced zoo" located just 20 minutes from Albuquerque, New Mexico in nearby Edgewood. Conveniently located near Interstate 40 and Route 66. Wildlife West Nature Park provides a very special look into the animals and plants that are part of the ecosystems of New Mexico and the Southwestern United States. All the birds and animals at Wildlife West Nature Park are non-releasable, keeping with our philosophy of bringing education to the public without harming ecological balances in other parts of the region. Our habitats are designed to provide the best possible combination of viewing opportunities and harmonious living for our residents, and our animal enrichment programs ensure that our animals are both physically and mentally healthy.
Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“If you love animals...”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

I'd definitely recommend a trip here. This isn't your typical zoo; rather it's an opportunity to support a local non-profit and see indigenous animals of this region. The neat and heartwarming thing is that the animals are all rescues. They can't be released back into the wild due to injury, imprinting from humans, illegal seizure. What I really loved about this place is that it allows the animals ample room (adjusted accordingly) to roam around and whatnot in their natural surroundings. I always prefer this type of environment for the animals and the bonus is that you have the chance for close encounters. At a $7.00 admission price, don't miss this delightful and worthwhile attraction.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank crazyeses
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Edgewood, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Unique Zoo Full of Local Wildlife”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We are native to the area and no matter how often we go to Wildlife West we never get bored of it. Our kids especially love the relaxed family friendly environment . Bring your walking shoes because it is a bit of a stroll to see all the exhibits. Also, keep an eye on the website as they often have great events in summertime!

Visited June 2013
3 Thank vibrantqueen
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Visit in Cooler Weather”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We visited the Wild West Nature Park on a weekday afternoon in July as we were driving back to ABQ. Temps were in the upper 80s. The birds were easy to see, but virtually all of the 4 legged animals were hiding in their caves or enclosures trying to stay cool. As many others have mentioned this attraction is very basic and is maintained by volunteers.
We almost missed the frontage road to the nature center. When you exit westbound I-40 you virtually go straight through the intersection to the frontage road - the entrance is only a few minutes from the exit.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Mikejack52pe
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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, United States
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Weekend of Fun”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

I went to Wildlife West because of the Wildlife Music Festival. My family made a weekend of it, and it was so worth it!

We went to workshops, we walked the animal sanctuary, we jammed well into the night. I even got to compete in a guitar contest! We had dinner and danced in the restored historic bean factory. The next day we went through the sanctuary again, and saw some more of the animals, since different animals are about at different times of the day. All of the workers were very professional, so I am surprised to hear they were volunteers!

Wildlife West is only a half mile off of Historic Route 66, at NM 344. After we got back onto Route 66 we saw a number of other Main Street of America-type attractions. It was the best weekend I've had in a long time. Even the cranky carbound tourist can enjoy the exercise here, and I hear there is another hiking trail going in right down the road, if the crankies haven't gotten walked off under the watch of the wild animals in Wildlife West.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Kim A
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Copperas Cove, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“NOT a Zoo”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I hate zoos (and the small ones are usually the worst), but kids love to see animals, and since we had a couple free hours in Albuquerque we decided to visit. We loved it! We took 5 kids, ages 18 months to 14 years, and everyone enjoyed it. We missed all the events, but the animals are the real attraction here. The habitats are spacious, the animals are well cared for, and it's entirely volunteer-supported. Yes the stories are sad; illegal pets, accident victims, etc, but it's awesome that these animals have a place to not only survive, but to be able to live out their lives in a peaceful, spacious habitat. If you're looking for the typical zoo, this isn't it. But if you care about the fate of wild animals that have suffered misfortune, then please visit and donate. And watch out for Wiley, you'll want to take him home with you!

Visited March 2013
Thank Angel B
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