- Street: 2021 N Kinney Rd,
- City: Tucson
- State: Arizona
- Country: United States
- Zip/Postal Code: 85743
- Listed: October 12, 2017 2:27 am
- Expires: 231 days, 13 hours
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre 40 ha zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952.Located just west of Tucson, Arizona, it features two miles 3.2 km of walking paths traversing 21 acres 8.5 ha of desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona.The nonprofit organization focuses on the interpretation of the natural history, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. The museum is home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants. It is open every day through the year, and hosts nearly 400,000 visitors annually, including visitors from abroad.
The Desert Museum’s permanent mineral collection has been touted as one of the finest regional mineral collections in the world. The strength of the collection lies in the museum’s narrow focus of attention: minerals from the Sonoran
Our flock of these amazing native Arizona birds can be seen adjacent to the mountain lion exhibit – in fact our mountain lions can sometimes be seen interacting with these gregarious birds!
Razorback Sucker:At up to 3′ 1m in length and 10-14 pounds 4-6kg in weight, this is one of the largest suckers in North America. Before the existence of dams, it made long spawning migrations in the spring when water temperatures were right. In addition to disruption of breeding, it is threatened by predatory non-natives and by hybridization.
The Pacific Seahorse is the only type of seahorse found in the Gulf of California. It is one of the largest species, growing up to a foot in length. Living among corals, sea fans, sea whips, and sea grasses, they can live up to 4-6 years.
Horn Sharks are a species of bullhead shark endemic to the coastal waters off the western coast of North America, from California to the Gulf of California. They are a small, slow-moving, benthic species.
The Cactus Garden is a regional collection of cacti and succulents grouped by growth forms and specific genera. While walking through the garden you will be able to view dozens of species. Popular groups are Opuntias prickly pears and chollas, Ferocactus barrels, Agaves, Columnar cacti, Echinocereus hedgehogs, and soon to include Mammillarias pincushions.
Fairy duster:Fairy duster has several pollinators, including bees, flies, and butterflies. It is among the first perennials to bloom in Arizona Upland, typically in February.
Desert marigold grows mostly on bajadas and in valleys throughout the northern Sonoran, southern Mohave, and northern Chihuahuan deserts. It is one of the most common wildflowers, often abundant on disturbed soils such as road shoulders.
Raptor Free Flight:Come experience the thrill of free flying birds of prey at the Raptor Free Flight. Raptor Free Flight is a dynamic bird of prey flight demonstration that occurs in the open desert showcasing natural behaviors of native birds. Raptor Free Flight demonstrations will occur, as bird and weather conditions allow.
The Mountain House Gift Shop is located near the main entrance area, featuring Native American crafts from Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. The displays of traditional southwestern jewelry shine alongside the newer contemporary styles. In addition, there is a fine selection of books on the human and natural history of the area, including all of the Museum’s own ASDM Press. Children will find their own book selection, as well as toys to remind them of some of the animals they have met here.
Visit the full website for complete details,www.desertmuseum.org
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- Member Since: June 20, 2016
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