It is located south of Hermosillo, Sonora, in a territorial extension of 190 hectares defined as an area of ​​ecological reserve, to the preserve many of the natural attributes prototype of one of the semi-desert ecosystems of the Entity and at the same time is considered as a lung of the city. This place is considered as a heritage of Sonorans.

It began its construction in 1989 and was inaugurated on June 20, 1992 by the President of the Republic, Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Mr. Manlio Fabio Beltrones Constitutional Governor of the State of Sonora (1991-1997), since that date he has operated uninterruptedly, attending to the Sonoran population that visits him, as well as inhabitants of other states of the Mexican Republic and countries of the world. On July 15, 1996, it merged with the Sonora Natural Resources Research and Development Center to create what is now the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development of the State of Sonora (IMADES). as a Decentralized Public Organism of the State Government with legal personality and own property. Our Mission

To contribute to the conservation of the biological wealth of the Sonoran Region: animals, plants and ecosystems, through the reproduction of species in danger of extinction, research, environmental education, development and adaptation of technologies and work in natural areas; achieving the integration of governmental or non-governmental entities and the general community, in order to maintain the balance of nature and protect biodiversity, helping people to develop relations of respect for the environment that surrounds them.

c) Today's Zoo :

What We Can See:
Its main attraction is the zoo, animals, some in danger of extinction. It has a great variety of plants and entertainment centers. In addition, you can see the centenary tree that was planted when the zoo opened its doors in 1992. There is also a museum in the place.

Preservation for the Future: > The aim is to keep the Zoo in operation, such as the preservation of species through reproduction.

Among other things, the support of both Private and Governmental or Public for its maintenance and habitat research to improve it and caring for the animals are looking for suitable places for their relocation or creation

Brief Description of the Type of Zoo:

It is a very large scenario with different species of endangered animals, which contributes to the repopulation of ecological reserves.

It is a totally fenced area with an immense natural ecosystem. Among its features has a large space for walking, the animals are tidy and has a skating area. Inside it is an artificial lake, where you can paddle to enjoy some time of your stay in that place.

The zoo is considered a natural area where you can know more about animals.

Soil characteristics

Mostly sandy with some limestone rocks. They are very old soils highly rich in iron and silicon.

Thorny bushes abound, and a large number of cacti, which are very well adapted to the demanding conditions of the environment; being able to retain liquids for a long time in their tissues and use water very efficiently.


The desert is a quiet place with a lot of influence from the wind and the water. These factors sweep the upper layers of the soil, severely eroding the landscape that is devoid of vegetation. Deserts can be produced by the influences of the sea currents in the continental air masses. The sea currents will cool when crossing over this water carrying fog and humidity but without causing precipitation, preventing the rain to reach the continental areas near the coast. D) Obtaining Resources:

We can get resources by implementing different programs:

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The Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development of the State of Sonora, has among its responsibilities the care and protection of native species and other places in the world, for preservation and education.

This program seeks to attract the attention of companies, international organizations, social organizations and the community in general, with the intention of participating in the adoption of a species, supporting financially or with donations in kind, feeding and improving their shelters

> a) Zoo Conservation Program

The Zoo carries out the following wildlife conservation programs.

Binational Recovery Program of Mexican Gray Wolf

Objective: To preserve and recover the subspecies of Mexican Gray Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), which is in serious danger of extinction, as well as study their physiology and behavior.

Borrego Cimarrón Assisted Reproduction Project

Repopulation for the preservation of Cimarrón Borrego, as well as knowledge of its physiology and life cycle through biotechnology and transplantation of embryos.

1. To continue this project initiated at the Center for Teaching, Research and Extension in Production Ovina (CEIEPO) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the UNAM and the National Coordination of Zoological and Chapultepec Zoo, where the first four female bighorn insemination product with Tabasco ewe lambs. Preservation and study of the subspecies bighorn sheep (ovis canadensis mexicana), for knowledge of its philosophy and life cycle. Collection and freezing of semen of bighorn sheep for the creation of a germplasm bank. Insemination of lambs Island of Guadalupe with semen of Cimarron for the production of hybrid females (receivers). Management and treatment of pure Cimarron females to obtain embryos. Transplantation and development of pure Cimarron embryos in hybrid females.

b) Ways the Visitor Can Help Conservation of the Zoo:

  • Respect the rules of the park.

  • Do not throw trash in the area where the animals are, so we keep them.

  • Do not litter so you do not contaminate it.

  • Take care of animals, not giving them food that can hurt them.

  • Keep the place clean and protect the animals and do not cut trees.

Ø The Zoo sponsors are:

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Which, thanks to their collaboration, will contribute to the maintenance of the Zoo and the preservation of Species.

  • Adam Floyd