The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (zoo)

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For a half-century the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of live animals in astonishingly natural settings. In a nutshell The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

Part museum, part zoo, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a place where you can learn and see desert animals, flora, and fauna in their natural setting. Docents (guides) are on hand to greet, teach, and give tours so that you will better understand the desert environment.

“Probably the most distinctive zoo in the United States. It is a combination of museum, zoo, botanical garden, and nature trail. One of a kind, not to be missed”
- The New York Times
“Whether you take a picture for fun or career, this wonderful destination should absolutely be on your top 10 list.”
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