Sonora Desert Museum


The Sonora Desert Museum is located just south west of Tucson, Arizona. It has a great number of exhibits and many presentations by docents. The outdoor exhibits are along a 2 mile trail. They have wheelchairs and electric powered chairs to assist those who cannot walk that far.

At various times during the day they have docents giving exhibitions of various animals and plants living in the desert. Below is one giving a presentation on barn owls. She indicated that they have a long list of farmers waiting for any barn owl’s they are able to rehabilitate.

The museum have some very unusual cactus plants, fortunately they put names on them. See them below.

There are thousands of saguaro cactus and you see them in every direction you look. There are also many other varieties of cacti. One thing that amazed us was how far up the mountains they were able to grow. We were told that the mountains shown in the second picture were 47 miles away.

In addition to all of the cacti and wildflowers they also have some wild animals in captivity. There also are several species of birds.

And then of course any place there are people and food there are these free roaming ground squirrels of the desert.

Lest you think that saguaro are the only variety of cactus at the museum please peruse the following images.

And for the finale, the king of the saguaro cactus!

we hope you enjoyed this abbreviated tour of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

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