~ 2018 ~ Best Place to be one with nature...for real
Wildlife West Nature Park
Located on 122 acres just east of Albuquerque near Edgewood this little nature park/zoo offers a chance to get up-close to some of New Mexico’s native wildlife. This privately-owned zoo works with local officials (the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forestry Service Rangers) to help protect and save local wildlife. It’s not always an easy task but it’s something zoo owner Roger Alink is passionate about. A lifelong teacher Alink says he felt like he was suffering from something he playfully calls “nature deficit disorder” and his concern about children’s connection to nature lead him to open the Nature Park. Wildlife West hosts more than 4000 kids on school field trips every year—pretty impressive considering the park itself was built almost entirely by youth volunteers. A non-profit zoo Wildlife West Nature Park’s first concern is protecting local animals. They raise money partly through zoo admission but also through special events like their popular Goat Yoga classes. Meditative exercise in a quite outdoor environment while surrounded by animals? If there’s a better way to get back to nature we haven’t found it.