Maggie the Painting Bear Turns 19

Celebrates birthday at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park


 Join New Mexico State Parks on Saturday, Jan. 20 to celebrate Maggie’s 19th Birthday at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad.

Maggie, the park’s black bear, is best-known for her artistic talents and frequently paints with her paws as a behavioral enrichment activity. Maggie was orphaned at the age of one month and was raised by a wildlife rehabilitator in Missouri until she found a home at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park when she was five months old.

Festivities include crafts and cake in the Visitor Center from 10 a.m.-noon. At 12:30 p.m. Guests can also watch Maggie open her edible birthday gift at her exhibit and guess her weight for a chance to win one of her paintings.

Fees:              All visitor center activities are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the zoo to see Maggie. Children 6 and under free, 7-12 years $3, 13 and older $5. For more information call the park at (575) 887-5516.

Info:       575-887-5516

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