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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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  • When I found out that I would be going to this museum as part of a pre-planned group activity I was a bit disappointed. I was especially dismayed when I saw that 4 hours had been set aside for this "f...  more »
  • Good driving tour in length and what you see. did not have time to get out and take some for the walks. would be good to do that. Beautiful views. Visitor center has a good short information talk and ...  more »
  • You can see here a wide range of fauna and flora from the area, including saguaro and pipe organ cactus in a nice wild environment. Cougar, coyote, lynx, colibries, owls, rattlesnakes... Excellent exp...  more »