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The Living Desert

Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.

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  • Meet Salem, the mountain lion! #DidYouKnow Despite their size, mountain lions are more closely related to the small cats, and like them, purrs (due to an ossified hyoid bone in the throat) and cannot roar. 😸 #Caturday #TheLivingDesert
  • Meet Salem, the mountain lion! #DidYouKnow Despite their size, mountain lions are more closely related to the small cats, and like them, purrs (due to an ossified hyoid bone in the throat) and cannot roar. 😸 #Caturday #TheLivingDesert
  •  668  8  8 June, 2019
  • "Every individual matters. Every individual  has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Jane Goodall 
#WorldEnvironmentDay #TheLivngDesert
  • "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Jane Goodall
    #WorldEnvironmentDay #TheLivngDesert
  •  334  4  5 June, 2019
  • Word of the day: ectotherm. 
An ectotherm is an animal whose body temperature is determined by its surroundings. Desert tortoises are ectotherms and rely on behaviors and their burrows to regulate their body temperature. They bask when they are cold, and they retreat into their burrows when they are hot! #TortoiseTuesday #TheLivingDesert
  • Word of the day: ectotherm.
    An ectotherm is an animal whose body temperature is determined by its surroundings. Desert tortoises are ectotherms and rely on behaviors and their burrows to regulate their body temperature. They bask when they are cold, and they retreat into their burrows when they are hot! #TortoiseTuesday #TheLivingDesert
  •  457  6  4 June, 2019
  • Summer summer summer time! We are open an hour earlier for summer. Starting today to September 30, The Living Desert will be open daily 8 am to 1:30 pm. #SummerTime #TheLivingDesert
  • Summer summer summer time! We are open an hour earlier for summer. Starting today to September 30, The Living Desert will be open daily 8 am to 1:30 pm. #SummerTime #TheLivingDesert
  •  467  1  1 June, 2019
  • Have you read the latest Pupdate?!
#FridayFeeling 
Link in our bio!
  • Have you read the latest Pupdate?!
    #FridayFeeling
    Link in our bio!
  •  968  29  31 May, 2019
  • This Memorial Day, all active duty, reserve, and retired U.S. military personnel, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and up to six family members will receive 50% off admission with proper identification. Valid only Monday, May 27, 2019. #TheLivingDesert
  • This Memorial Day, all active duty, reserve, and retired U.S. military personnel, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and up to six family members will receive 50% off admission with proper identification. Valid only Monday, May 27, 2019. #TheLivingDesert
  •  194  0  25 May, 2019
  • ➡Pupdate
 #5 African Wild Dog Puppy Exam⬅
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We are SUPER excited to share that all 6 pups are healthy & thriving. Today, the animal care & veterinary teams performed a routine well-baby exam & learned there are 5 male puppies & 1 female puppy in the litter.

Full pupdate on our website. Link in our bio!
  • ➡Pupdate
    #5 African Wild Dog Puppy Exam⬅
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    We are SUPER excited to share that all 6 pups are healthy & thriving. Today, the animal care & veterinary teams performed a routine well-baby exam & learned there are 5 male puppies & 1 female puppy in the litter.

    Full pupdate on our website. Link in our bio!
  •  363  16  24 May, 2019
  • When you think of a desert, you probably don’t think about freshwater turtles – but the western pond turtle is a small, freshwater turtle that calls the Mojave Desert home. In fact, the western pond turtle is the only native aquatic turtle in the Mojave Desert! Unfortunately, the number of pond turtles found in the Mojave River has been dwindling since the late 80s, and continues to decline today. Human activities along the Mojave River, like pumping groundwater for agricultural and residential uses, compounded by the invasion of saltcedar, a non-native species, further degrade what little habitat remains for these turtles.

In 2015, AZA designed the Western Pond Turtle as one of the first 10 SAFE species. The Living Desert responded to this call for action by helping fund and participate in essential field work by USGS to assess the remaining population of western pond turtles in the Mojave River.

We continue to work closely with USGS and BLM as we try to conserve the last remaining Mojave River pond turtles through restoration of essential habitat and the creation of protected ponds where turtles can safely bask, reproduce, and eventually naturally disperse back to the Mojave River.

Today is World Turtle Day® – so celebrate with us as we work to prevent the extirpation of the western pond turtle from its desert home.

#WorldTurtleDay #TurtlePower #TheLivingDesert
  • When you think of a desert, you probably don’t think about freshwater turtles – but the western pond turtle is a small, freshwater turtle that calls the Mojave Desert home. In fact, the western pond turtle is the only native aquatic turtle in the Mojave Desert! Unfortunately, the number of pond turtles found in the Mojave River has been dwindling since the late 80s, and continues to decline today. Human activities along the Mojave River, like pumping groundwater for agricultural and residential uses, compounded by the invasion of saltcedar, a non-native species, further degrade what little habitat remains for these turtles.

    In 2015, AZA designed the Western Pond Turtle as one of the first 10 SAFE species. The Living Desert responded to this call for action by helping fund and participate in essential field work by USGS to assess the remaining population of western pond turtles in the Mojave River.

    We continue to work closely with USGS and BLM as we try to conserve the last remaining Mojave River pond turtles through restoration of essential habitat and the creation of protected ponds where turtles can safely bask, reproduce, and eventually naturally disperse back to the Mojave River.

    Today is World Turtle Day® – so celebrate with us as we work to prevent the extirpation of the western pond turtle from its desert home.

    #WorldTurtleDay #TurtlePower #TheLivingDesert
  •  443  4  23 May, 2019