About the Zoo

Service and Mission

Spring River Zoo works to enrich the lives of Roswell residents through exposure to wildlife and educational programs and events. The Zoo serves the local community as well as tourists from around the world. Spring River Zoo drives curiosity, fosters a love of animals, and environmental conservation. Staff work to keep animals healthy and improve their quality of life through enrichment activities. Staff develops new and inventive programming that serves residents, tourists and students with intimate educational experience as well as producing fundraisers that support an offset operational cost to bring the master plan to fruition.

Zoo Areas

Roswell has a wonderful park and modern small zoo at Spring River Zoo covering about 34 acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the grounds. These areas include:

  • Capitan Trail
  • Mountain Habitats
  • Around the World 
  • Ranch Heritage Exhibit 
  • Carousel and Train Rides                                                            

  1. Spring River Zoo

    Physical Address
    1306 E. College Blvd.
    Roswell, NM 88201

Capitan Trail

See several of our animals up close and personal on the Capitan Trail. The trail begins in the river bottoms, which is home to several small, native animals like foxes. From here you’ll wander into the plains exhibit with bison, elk and aoudad. You’ll have a scenic view of the Coyote Country and Wolf Woods across from where the deer and antelope play. 

Photo of Capitan Trail Zoo Area

Around the World

From the peak of our Mountain Habitats, make your trek Down Under and around the world where you’ll discover our wallabies and beavers. Visitors will experience an up-close and personal look at our raven and lemurs.

Mountain Habitats

Next, you'll find our two black bear sisters, Ursula and Sierra. These animals climb the steep slopes of the Rockies, as does the aoudad through its natural habitat in the forest. Also get an intimate look at our majestic bald eagles as you exit the area.

Photo of Wallaby
Girl Watching Bears Play

Ranch Heritage Exhibit

Live life on the ranch in our Ranch Area. You’ll find Texas longhorns and miniature horses grazing near the replicated turn-of-the-century ranch house.

Photo at Spring River Zoo

Carousel and Train

In the heart of our zoo, you’ll find our antique wooden horse carousel. With only 100 or so left in the world, this treasure is a delight for children and adults alike. The miniature train is one of the more popular traditions at the Zoo. Added in 1976, it has given countless visitors rides around the Zoo. Both attractions are open seasonally (Easter weekend-September 30) and only for private parties during the off-season (October-Easter weekend).

Photo at Spring River Zoo Carousel