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Plants & Animals in Tucson

The creatures of the Sonoran Desert come out to say hello.

Get to Know the Living Desert

If you think a city in the desert must mean desolate wastelands of hot sand and bleached cow skulls, prepare to be amazed. Far from the land of tumbling tumbleweeds, the Sonoran Desert is verdant, lush in some places, and, everywhere, teeming with life.

Discover Tucson's amazing range of plants and animals adapted to our unique desert habitat at the world-acclaimed Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Then take a short drive up Mt. Lemmon to pass through seven different "life zones," from the desert at the base of the mountain to Ponderosa Pine forests typical of Canada at the top.

And if you're here in the spring, you're in for a treat, whether high on a mountain peak or walking the desert floor. Light rainfall in the winter and warm spring days carpet many areas in and around Tucson in spectacular yellows, oranges, purples, and pinks of wildflowers and blooming cacti.

I’ll tell you what, my friends, Southern Arizona is full of “Behold!” moments of wild plants and wild animals. Behold, my friends the desert is beautiful, oh yeah it is.


 

Video Playlist: Discover the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert


 

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