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 21, 2017 - April 15, 2018
(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:
10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. October 21 through February 28
10:00 a.m. only March 1 through April 15

More information.

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

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!

More information.

Fur, Feathers and Fangs
Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Listen and learn as Keepers share their expert knowledge and experiences in working with a variety of native Sonoran Desert animals. This program takes 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!

More information.

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 Thursday January 18th, 2018

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 Raptor (H) Live Animal
Orientation Ramada
9:00am Snake Live Animal
Reptiles & Invertebrates
9:00am Arthropod Architecture
Overlook
9:00am Mexican Wolves
Mountain Woodland
9:00am Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
9:00am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
9:30am Raptor Kit
Raptor Free Flight
10:00am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
10:00am Skulls
Mountain Woodland
10:00am Raptor (F) Live Animal
Baldwin Education Building
10:00am Cactus Tour
from Cactus Garden
10:00am Arthropod Live Animal
Reptiles & Invertebrates
10:00am Javelina
Desert Loop Trail
10:30am Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
11:00am Arthropod Live Animal
Reptiles & Invertebrates
11:00am Mountain Lion
Mountain Woodland
11:00am Raptor (M) Live Animal
Baldwin Education Building
11:00am Small Diorama Mammal Live Animal
Orientation Ramada
11:00am Look for Docent
Hummingbird Aviary
11:00am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
11:00am Cactus Tour
from Cactus Garden
1:00pm Snake Live Animal
Reptiles & Invertebrates
1:00pm Tortoise / Turtle Live Animal
Orientation Ramada
1:00pm Saguaro
Vista Ramada
1:00pm Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
1:00pm Minerals
Geology Ramada
1:30pm Raptor Kit
Raptor Free Flight
2:00pm Javelina
Desert Loop Trail
2:00pm Raptor (F) Live Animal
Orientation Ramada
2:00pm Saguaro
Vista Ramada
2:00pm Small Diorama Mammal Live Animal
Reptiles & Invertebrates
3:00pm Mexican Wolves
Mountain Woodland