Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson

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One of our days in Tucson was filled up at the Sonora Desert Museum. We had a huge hitch before we even got out of the truck. As we pulled into the parking lot there was this sign that read “No Pets Allowed on these Premises.” We had just driven about 15 miles from our camping spot and we had Morgan with us. We thought we might possibly have to cancel this days activities and find something else to do. So we drove around the Saguaro Park checking out their campground – $20 a night and you probably get about 20 to 30 amps. The campground was pretty big and lots of folks camping there.

We decided to go back to camp, leave the dog, grab some lunch and go back to the museum. I am glad we did because we had a wonderful time there. The weather was perfect. I will just throw up some photo’s. It is suppose to turn cloudy and rainy today so internet won’t be on to conserve solar power. The coming 4 or 5 days look to be stormy.

If you are in Tucson, AZ do not miss this attraction. It was worth the 3.5 hours we spent here.

This tiny owl greeted us at the gate. A volunteer handler told us all about the habits of this little desert bird.
There was a huge cactus garden at the museum. This was one we hadn't seen before. It is of the Senita (Garambullo) family and is called a forma montrosus or Totem Pole cactus. It is rare and spineless.
This is probably a plant from the Yucca family or the Agave family - in full bloom. It reminded me of my Poker plant I had at home.
They even had a cave for us to explore. We don't know if it was man made or real or half and half but was very interesting. They also had animals that might inhabit a cave behind glass for us to see.
They had these bat ears for us to try on showing us the how well bats hear. Worked!
This is a Mountain Lion. We were standing right behind him. Glass separated us. Beautiful animal. I do hate to see them caged up like this though just for our amusement.
Around the park were stamps of animals feet for the kids to put in a book. Dale tries it out here at the coyote pen. Notice the sculpture of the coyote ready to pounce on a squirrel? The sculptures were beautiful and added charm to the park.

Speaking of this coyote pen. We were gazing off to the right at some exhibit and I turned and saw this coyote not more than 20 feet from us. I told Dale and he jumped. We did not see the mesh fence keeping the coyote penned in. We thought he was just roaming through the park.

Mexican Wolf
This is a Javelina pronounced Havelina. They are a social animal and make like snoring noises. We watched them get together, head to butt and then just scratch away on each other.
This is a blooming Agave. We learned that once they bloom, the whole plant dies.
This kitty looks a lot like our kitty, Annie. Only bigger! Right down to the pink nose. This is an Ocelot.
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2 thoughts on “Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson

    Ellie Willaman said:
    February 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    So glad you are having such a good time, Gwen. I’m sure you see a lot of interesting things. Any snakes yet???

    Ellie

      Gwen said:
      February 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

      Only behind glass! And let’s hope it stays that way!

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