Photo: Anna Dufek
We're Jumping for Joy! 

How are ewe today? We are wonderful because a 13-day old baby bighorn is prancing around the exhibit. The female lamb (ewe) was born on March 25, weighing a healthy 9 pounds. After six months, the lamb will be transferred to another institution as a part of the Species Survival Plan, which ensures the existence of threatened or endangered species. Word around the desert is that "auntie" is pregnant, too! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on our newest addition. Watch Her Wobble!
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Brand New Horses of the Sea

Our ewe lamb isn't the only new addition on Museum grounds. We also have six brand new sea horses! These year-old marine fishes came to us from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in California. Our new group has six seahorses, with three males and three females. There won't be any crazy love triangles because seahorses mate for life. Their courtship involves some serious dance moves, a variety of color displays, and swimming night and day. Stoked On Seahorses!

Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
3rd Best Zoo in the United States!

We have amazing news! Because of you and your votes, we were named the 3rd best zoo in the United States by USA Today. Congratulations to all of the zoos that made the Top 10 list, with St. Louis Zoo claiming the number one spot. We are honored to be grouped with such incredible institutions. We are also humbled to be supported by such amazing people. Thank you again! We couldn't continue our important work and mission without you.  See The Winners!
Photo: ASDM/Catherine Bartlett
3 Parks: 1 Partnership (Part Three)

What do the Desert Museum, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and El Pinacate y Gran Desierto del Altar have in common? All three organizations are fighting to protect the desert pupfish, longfin dace, and Sonoyta mud turtle. ASDM staff recently returned from Sonora, Mexico, where they continued to monitor these special species, collaborated with like-minded organizations, and educated the public on the importance of conservation. Curious About Conservation?
Photo: Adina Rose Levin
Flower Friday

Don't you love a desert plant that is easy to identify? The ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) is a large shrub with long, spiny stems that are often seen swaying in the wild winds. When there is enough moisture in the air, the desert grows a little greener as small, two-inch leaves appear as the humidity increases. The ravishing red flowers start to bloom in March and will continue to flourish through June. These skyscrapers can reach heights of up to 20 feet. Come visit them today!  Dig Deeper!

Photo: Patricia Estes
Volunteer Viernes

Are you a group searching for a way to serve your community in one day?  Consider signing up for a Buffelgrass Pull!  It's an incredible way to make a significant environmental impact while having fun with friends.  Participants enjoy a beautiful morning hike in the Tucson Mountains, while learning about buffelgrass and what they can do to help eradicate this invasive species. A free visit to the Desert Museum, along with a discounted lunch is included.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Birding the Chiricahuas (April 7 - 9)
  • Pine Needle Basket Weaving (April 13) 
  • Land of the Hopi (April 25 - May 1) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
April 7, 2017