FALL 2022
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1306 E. College Blvd. Roswell, NM 88201
Open Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Last ticketed entrance at 3 p.m.
For groups and private tours, please call 575-624-6760.
We're excited to bring you the November Zoosletter, a monthly update of events and general operations at Spring River Zoo. 

Thank you to all who came out for Night of the Living Zoo. We had great costumes and great turnouts both nights of our annual Halloween fundraiser. Whether you brought yourself, brought your family or volunteered, we couldn't have done it without you.

Upcoming events

  • Nov. 5 and Dec. 3: First Saturday of the month. Free admission for Roswell residents.
  • Nov. 4-7, Nov. 11-14, Nov. 18-21, Nov. 25-28: Keeper Chats, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Keeper Chat topic and location will be provided on the day of the chat, so please arrive a little early. Chats are free with admission.
  • Nov. 12: Members Brunch, 8 a.m. Deadline to RSVP: Nov. 1.
  • Nov. 18: PreKritters, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Program is for ages 3-5, and includes a craft/story hour with an animal encounter. The $12.60 program fee covers admission for the child and one accompanying adult. Sign up at Roswell Connect. The November program will focus on turtles.
  • Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-21: 12 Days of Christmas. See more information in this newsletter.

Enclosure updates

We've done plenty of work over the last few months to make enclosures better for our Zoo residents.
  • We're working on upgrades to our bear exhibit. An $25,000 donation from a local citizen helped us replace a water valve, upgrade the waterfall and install plexiglas sheeting on the east portion of the exhibit. Work is still remaining on the west portion of the exhibit.
  • We've also added rockwalls to our coatimundi enclosure and lemur exhibit (pictured). They give each animal enrichment and a little change of environment.
  • An enclosure has been added for Charlotte, our new educational mini-pig. Her enclosure is next to the one for Kevin, our Pot-bellied pig.

Zoo news

A few more notes from the Zoo:
  • We reinstituted a pair of programs in September with Keeper Chats and Pre-Kritters (pictured). The Keeper Chats, held 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, reached 152 people. The first Pre-Kritters program, held on the third Friday for ages 3-5, drew 10 children. Sign up for the November program featuring turtles, and check out the upcoming PreKritters schedule.
  • September was a great month for attendance. We had a total of 1,449 visitors for the month. That's up 131% from September 2021. That included 337 people coming for our Sundae Sundays promotion. We're planning to do the program again in 2023 but might change the month.
  • Through September, the Zoo has had 13,447 visitors in 2022. That total already surpasses 2021's total of 13,003 with three more months to go. We appreciate every single one of you who's come to visit us.
  • We've got some new residents on Zoo property, but we're still getting them ready for a public debut. Roswell is a big trip, as they're native to South America.

Critter corner

In our Critter Corner, we talk about one of our beloved residents at Spring River Zoo, and the often-unseen work our zoo staff does for them on a daily basis.

Lyz Foster is new to Spring River Zoo. She comes to Roswell from Los Lunas, and likes pretty much all of the animals. She decided to talk about Trick the coyote.

What do you like about Trick?
She can be playful with me, and I think we’re building a bond there.
What care does a coyote get?
They get fed every day. They have their meat and supplements. We also do enrichment so they’re not doing the same thing day in and day out.
What kind of enrichment do you do?
I hide meat all around her pen, so she has to look for it and hunt. Today, she got one of her favorite treats, which is chicken feet.
What other care is necessary?
Now that winter’s coming, we’re making preparations. In the wild, she would be living in a den on her own. We’re trying to make sure they’re safe as can be. She’s got two dens in her enclosure. One of them has hay in it, so she can burrow in. She’s also got a den that’s away from the wind. We just make sure she has fresh bedding. I think she appreciates it in her own way. We also have heat lamps for when it’s colder than normal.
What makes Trick stand out?
She’s absolutely beautiful. She’s a typical coyote, and if nobody has seen one in the wild they can come here and experience what it’s like to see one. I think they’re greatly misunderstood.

Enrichment sought

The impact enrichment has on our Zoo residents cannot be measured. Whether it's a rock wall installed for the lemurs or hiding a snack for Trick to discover, enrichment directly impacts psychological and physiological wellbeing.

That's why we're hoping you'll join us for the 12 Days of Christmas and find it in your heart to give. Over 12 days in December, we'll feature one different animal.

You can see more at our dedicated event page, but here are some basic details:
  • We will hold the 12 Days of Christmas Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-21.
  • Each day, we'll feature a different animal. Anybody who purchases enrichment for an animal receives free Zoo admission on the animal's featured day.
  • The web page has a list of suggested items, but we'll also accept gift cards and donations via Paypal. Gift cards from home improvement stores are especially useful as we use raw materials to build and repair enclosures and enrichment.
If you'd like to read more about our enrichment efforts, visit our enrichment page.

Make it a zoo event ...

We're open for regular visits from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., but we're ready to host your large group, birthday party or social event as well.
  • Rental options start as low as $75. See more details at our Party Rentals page.
  • We have slots for private group tours during and outside regular Zoo hours, and there are options guided and unguided tours that work for daycares, senior groups, school field trips, etc. Check out our Group Tours and Field Trips page for prices and details.

Closing message

The best way to support the Zoo is to come by. We're open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. You can also do the following:
  • Tell a friend about the zoo. Word of mouth is always appreciated.
  • Purchase a membership for yourself or a friend. Zoo memberships make great gifts.
  • Shop for us on our Amazon wishlist.
  • Call us at 575-624-6760 or email if you have any questions or suggestions.
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1306 E. College Blvd. Roswell, NM 88201
Open Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Last entrance at 3 p.m.
For groups and private tours, please call 575-624-6760



Zoo Admission:

  • Adults (16 and older)
    • Roswell Residents $5
    • Non-Residents $10 
  • Children (4-15):
    • Roswell Residents $2.50
    • Non-Residents $3.50 
  • Students (16 and older), Seniors (60 and older), Active Military and Veterans:
    • $3 
  • Groups of 10 or more (w/reservation):
    • $5 per person 
  • School-age groups (w/reservation):
    • $2 per person

Free Admission:

  • Children ages 3 and younger (anytime zoo is open) 
  • Friends of Spring River Zoo members (anytime zoo is open) 
  • First Saturday of each month for Roswell residents 
  • Every Friday for Seniors (60 and older) 
  • July 31 – Spring River Zoo Day 
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