Ken & I had a wonderful outing to the amazing Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum yesterday. It's a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one. Some of the most stunning desert vistas I've seen since we've been here. Plus some cool close-ups of desert fauna. Here are some of the (130!) photos I took while there:
And lest ye think the desert is a barren, lifeless place, consider this: the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum's animal collection consists of:
106 mammals of 31 taxa
241 birds of 72 taxa
361 reptiles of 86 taxa
122 amphibians of 23 taxa
10,700 fish of 9 taxa
840 arthropods of 78 taxa
They are caring for some 40,000 plants, representing 1,400 species, not counting the grasses in the grassland exhibit.
If you are ever in the neighborhood, this place is a must-visit!