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We're A Blue Star Museum

Calling all active duty military! To thank you for your service, we are offering free admission to you (and five family members) from now until Labor Day. This includes active members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve. Come explore, spend time with our animated animals, and enjoy some ice cream with your favorite people. Please note: This offer is for day time use only. Enjoy Your Visit!

Photo: Paulina Bueno
We've Got Stingray Fever!

This is a fever we are quite excited about! Our newest group of stingrays (known as a fever) is now on exhibit, giving us a total of 19 rays at Stingray Touch! Special thanks to Phoenix Zoo for gifting us these "a-ray-zing" animals. Although the Sonoran Desert may be known for its dry climate, the Gulf of California and the stingrays that flow through it are critically important! Join us this Saturday at Creatures of the Night to let a stingray touch you and pledge your support for ocean conservation. 
World Oceans Night

When you think of Arizona, you probably don't think of the ocean. However, the Gulf of California is part of the Sonoran Desert region and home to many species that are vital to the marine ecosystem. Celebrate these vast and beautiful bodies of water next Saturday at World Oceans Night. Enjoy free sustainable seafood tastings from local restaurants and sip on margaritas for vaquitas! Please wear blue in support of our oceans.  Seas The Day!
Photo: Danielle Swartz
Keeling Elementary Loves El Lobo

And we love stories like this! First and second grade students at Keeling Elementary won first place in Arizona's state science fair. Instead of using their prize money for a party, they adopted a Mexican gray wolf from the Desert Museum. Danielle, their teacher, e-mailed us stating "We received the package last week and the kids were SO EXCITED!!! This was such a cool experience for them." Thank you to the next generation of desert conservationists!    Adopt An Animal Today!

Photo: ASDM/Jason Wiley
Flower Friday

How gorgeous are these pops of purple? Flowers of the Guayacán shrub (Guaiacum coulteri) have been blooming by our Bighorn sheep exhibit lately. This species is rare in cultivation because it grows very slowly and is frost-sensitive. Guayacán is native to the plains of Sonora, Mexico, and will flower from now until October. Along with blessing our eyes with a visual vacation, the plant provides larval food for Lyside Sulfur butterflies. Come visit this weekend for some beautiful blooms!  Dig Deeper!

Photo: ASDM/Sergio Avila
Volunteer Viernes

Are you a desert tortoise lover? Do you care about wildlife conservation? If so, consider volunteering for our Tortoise Adoption Program. You would assist staff with inquiries and travel to prospective sites to conduct yard inspections before these respected reptiles are adopted. Major perk of the job? You can work from home! Another awesome benefit? Volunteers engage with community members that are passionate about proper desert tortoise care.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Creatures of the Night  (June 3)
  • World Oceans Night (June 10)
  • Coati Kids Club Members Meeting (June 16) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
 
June 2, 2017