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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

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A combination zoo, botanic garden, and natural history museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features over 3 km (2 mi) of walking paths crisscrossing nearly 9 hectares (21 acres) of desert landscapes. Home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants, the museum focuses on the interpretation and presentation of the natural history and diverse plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Often called "the lushest desert on earth," this region shelters a range of habitats benefiting from the desert's bi-seasonal rainfall. The museum gardens display the varied ecosystems of cacti, agaves, grasslands, and yucca, while the zoo area features wildlife ranging from coyotes, bears, and mountain lions to hummingbirds and rattlesnakes. Make Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum part of your personalized Tucson itinerary using our Tucson holiday planner.
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  • I was expecting a typical building with exhibits showing the different aspects of the desert. There was almost none of that. The museum was a unique blend of a zoo with a desert garden. There are many...  more »
  • Nice place to see lots of different vegetation that grows out here in the desert. See some neat wildlife too!  more »
  • Fantastic stop. We spent 6 hours there. Attended two raptors sessions. Daniel provided such good info during and after the shows. Docents very knowledgeable and approachable. Wonderful "animal centere...  more »