The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre museum and zoo founded in 1952. It contains a museum, aquarium and two miles of walking paths on 21 acres. The museum is focused on the plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert, and it was a pioneer in the creation of naturalistic enclosures for its animals. We spent a good deal of time in the hummingbird enclosure where we got to watch a mother bird feed her two babies. The first picture shows the mother checking us out before she goes to the nest. The second picture shows the two babies. To give you perspective, the nest is probably two inches wide, so they were very, very tiny. The third picture shows the mother actually feeding them. We also got to watch a show called Raptors Free Flight where they have different birds fly right above your head while you are standing in the desert. The two pictures below show the Harris Hawk. It was a beautiful day spring day and many of the cacti were in bloom (as you can see from the pictures below).
April 10th, 2013 – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Tucson, AZ