Photos of raptor free flight, live and (sort of) on the loose, keeper encounters and docent animal demonstrations

Live Animal Presentations

Raptor Free Flight
Shows every day from October 19, 2019 - April 12, 2020
(Dates and times subject to weather-related change)

Come experience the thrill of free flying birds of prey at the Raptor Free Flight. Raptor Free Flight is a dynamic bird of prey flight demonstration that occurs in the open desert showcasing natural behaviors of native birds. Raptor Free Flight demonstrations will occur, as bird and weather conditions allow:
October 19, 2019 through February 29, 2020 — 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
March 1 through April 12, 2020 — 10:00 a.m. only
(All dates and times subject to weather-related change)

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Live & (sort of) On The Loose
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

This live animal presentation is offered by the staff of the Herpetology department. These 45-60 minute programs take place in the Warden Oasis Theater at 12:15 p.m. except during other special events. So, be sure to check the museum's daily event board to confirm that this exciting program will take place!

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Sonoran Animal Spotlight
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Sonoran Animal Spotlight is an informal presentation at 12:15 p.m. where you can sit and relax in an air-conditioned theater, learning fun facts and stories about a variety of animals from the Sonoran Desert Region. Shows will vary in topic and species of animals presented, and may include birds, mammals, reptiles, and/or arthropods.

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Keeper Encounters

Watch the Museum's professional keepers working with individual animals in training exercises, feedings or enrichment activities. Check the Plan Your Day board at the entrance patio for times and locations.

Docent Animal Demonstrations

Our highly-trained Docents also offer Live Animal Presentations throughout the day.

See below for a list of all Docent demonstrations, including Live Animal live animal interpretations.

Schedule for Friday October 18th, 2019

Change date:
Interpretations may be cancelled due to weather constraints or docent availability
Live Animal - Live Animal Interpretation
8:30am Bird Walk
Entrance Patio
9:00am Skulls
Mountain Woodland
9:00am Snake Live Animal
Reptile & Invertebrate & Amphibian Hall
9:00am Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
9:00am Javelina
Desert Loop Trail
10:00am Butterfly Walk
from Entrance Patio
10:00am Snake Live Animal
Hummingbird Table
10:30am Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
11:00am Cactus Tour
from Cactus Garden
11:00am Agave
Agave Garden
11:00am Horns & Antlers
Big Horn Sheep
1:00pm Small Mammal (L) Live Animal
Ironwood Art Gallery
1:00pm Fossils
Geology Ramada
1:00pm Raptor (M) Live Animal
Hummingbird Aviary
1:00pm Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
2:00pm Arthropod Live Animal
Ironwood Art Gallery
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