The ASDM is a world renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden located on 98 acres of beautiful desert country. There are 2 miles of walking paths and the focus is on the plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert. There are 300 animal species and 1200 kinds of plants.
We really enjoyed our brief stay and made it over most of the walking paths. Luckily it wasn't too hot (in the low 80's).
Here are some photos from our morning at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
There are many others kinds of cacti as well.
The desert animals are kept in naturalistic zoo enclosures. On our trip we saw:
Javalinas, a gray fox, bobcat and wolf.
a beautiful green parrot
A fat dove
A mountain sheep
a sleepy coyote
and a playful river otter!
But this blue-collared lizard was one of my favorites.
From Tucson we drove to Sierra Vista, Arizona. Sierra Vista is fairly close to the US-Mexican border, so illegal immigrants are a large problem. We saw several road blocks where north bound traffic was stopped, and noticed this sign on a hiking trail several miles from the town.
Tom had his driver's license ready in case he needed to prove he was legal!
Next entry - on to Silver City, New Mexico.