Like racing in a marathon, exploring the desert requires plenty of water, a willingness to get sweaty, and the ability to outrun the mirage of a man with wings for feet and cacti for hands. Revel in desert splendor with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get four adult admission tickets (up to a $58 value) to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum encourages conservation of the Sonoran region’s wildlife, facilitating human contact with as many as 300 animal species and 1,200 types of plants. The museum, which is approximately 85% outdoors, features living exhibits that re-create the Sonoran Desert region’s natural landscape. Fascinated foursomes wander the nearly 2 miles of paths spread across 21 acres of desert, searching for mountain lions, prairie dogs, men wearing bear costumes, and around 20 endangered or threatened species, such as the Mexican wolf, the ocelot, and the thick-billed parrot.
Exhibits accurately depict the desert ecosystem by incorporating animals, plants, geological specimens, and actors playing drifters who only yell about wanting to eat pie. Visitors can also peruse the museum’s collection of more than 14,000 minerals and fossils, which includes a dinosaur skeleton recovered in southern Arizona.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Aiming to turn the museum concept inside-out, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum contains two miles of paths spread across 21 acres of desert, where animals such as sun-bathing lizards, bobcats, porcupine, and grey fox make their home. However, it is the fusion experience of a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, and art gallery that has earned it a top-5 museum honor by TripAdvisor.
The museum's exhibits intend to display the shared natural habitats of plants, animals, and geology. As many as 230 native live animal species and 1,200 types of plants fill the museum's many exhibits, such as mountain lions, prairie dogs, and river otters, and nearly 20 endangered or threatened species. Birds of prey that roam the skies are the subject of a twice-daily seasonal presentation. The gardens feature over 56,000 individual plant specimens native to several biomes and ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert. Also exhibited is the skeleton of a Sonosaurus, recovered in southern Arizona.
After their stint outdoors, visitors can wander innovative indoor exhibits. Inside a cool, dark replica of a limestone cave glimmer more than 14,000 minerals and fossils, which includes a moon rock on loan from NASA. Amongst an underwater view of beavers' habitat and a venomous reptile presentation, the Warden Aquarium showcases the region's marine residents, and an art institute aims to promote conservation through dynamic visual art.
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