About Wildlife West Nature Park

Mountain Lion by Pat O'Brien

Wildlife West Nature Park is New Mexico's premier facility and attraction dedicated to native wildlife and ecology. Located just minutes east of Albuquerque in Edgewood, New Mexico, the Park encompasses 122 acres of land, much of which has remained undisturbed throughout the development of the facility. Our zoo is privileged to have a large, well trained staff of volunteers and members of the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps who support our efforts while experiencing the satisfaction of contributing to a worthy and worthwhile cause. The park has developed a broad-based educational program, and has become a regional center for concerts, festivals, and other events.

Photo - Office Under ConstructionHistory

Wildlife West Nature Park began in 1992 as a not-for-profit all volunteer effort to create a new approach to combining habitat restoration, recreation, and environmental education for children and adults.  After 30,000 hours of volunteer labor by many people we opened in August of 1994 with a wetlands project functioning and several nature trails for bird watching.  Throughout the Park's history, we have added a major new habitat nearly every year, as well as the bean barn, amphitheater, gift shop, and Town of Venus for vending during major events. The Park has played host to a variety of entertainment events as well as those celebrating wildlife and the rich culture of New Mexico.


In addition to approximately 30 wildlife exhibits connected by 2 miles of trails, the Park boasts a fully equipped, covered amphitheater (capable of dinner seating for 500 people or concert seating for 1,000), described by nationally renowned artists as one of the best outdoor venues in New Mexico. Indoor events, including concerts, craft fairs, trade shows, and other functions can be accommodated by our fully enclosed barn, with a large stage and spacious floor area. Our complex includes large lawn areas perfect for outdoor fairs, tractor and automobile shows, and demonstrations of all kinds. Dry camping for some events can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.