Sonoran Desert
See dinosaur fossils
See the cute meerkats
See wonderful views across the Sonoran Desert
Have fun trying to spot the Javelinas - and find out why they are NOT pigs!
See mountain lions and other cats from a safe distance!
See the native wildlife coming to visit!
Meerkats at Arizona Desert Museum
 
For all the details to plan your visit visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Website
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
dinosaur fossils in Arizona
Javelinas at Arizona Desert Museum
Mountain Lion at Arizona Desert Museum
Butterfly visitor to Arizona Desert Museum

There are 2 miles of winding path through the museum, which contains Sonoran Desert region gems and minerals in the Earth Sciences displays, together with a selection of impressive fossils.  It is also an important botanical garden with 1300 types of plant which can be seen in the settings of Mountain Woodland, Cactus Gardens, Desert Grassland, Desert Garden and Pollination Gardens which demonstrate the diversity of the desert.  If you like colourful birds there are plenty on disply in large walk in aviaries.

The absolute highlight of Tucson has to be the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - one of the top ten zoos/botanical gardens in the world.  Within easy reach of Tucson city center this is a world-renowned zoo and natural history museum.  There are more than 300 animal species and 1300 kinds of plants on display, all native to the Sonoran Desert region.  Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, it's mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

The Sonoran Desert covers 120,000 square miles covering parts of Arizona, California and the Mexican states of Sonaro and Baja California.  A visit to the 21 acres Arizona Sonara Desert Museum lets you taste the vast diversity of the environment of the desert in one excursion.  Mountain lions, ocelots, wolves, and javelinas which are all native to the desert, can be seen in compounds which blend cleverly in with their surroundings. 
A visit to the museum will take a good half day, and it is open 365 days a year. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a wonderful day out but is is mostly outside and temperatures often reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, so take sunscreen, hats and sensible shoes to get the most out of it.  There's a great gift shop, and a variety of places to eat.
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