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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 20, 2018 - April 14, 2019
(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 20, 2018 through February 28, 2019 — 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
March 1 through April 14, 2019 — 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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Fur, Feathers and Fangs
Thursday, Friday, 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!

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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 Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Change date:
Interpretations may be cancelled due to weather constraints or docent availability
Live Animal - Live Animal Interpretation
7:30am Bird Walk
Entrance Patio
8:30am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
8:30am Small Mammal (L) Live Animal
Orientation Ramada
9:00am Arthropod Live Animal
Reptile & Invertebrate & Amphibian Hall
9:00am Look for Docent
Cactus Garden
9:00am Skulls
Turtle Table
9:30am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
10:00am Meteorites
Geology Ramada
10:00am Snake Live Animal
Reptile & Invertebrate & Amphibian Hall
10:00am Prairie Dogs
Desert Grassland
10:30am Saguaro
Vista Ramada
11:00am Cat Kit
Mountain Woodland
11:00am Agave
Agave Garden
11:00am Tortoise / Turtle Live Animal
Earth Sciences Overlook
1:00pm Desert Discovery Tour
from Orientation Ramada
1:00pm Raptor (M) Live Animal
Hummingbird Aviary
2:00pm Snake Live Animal
Reptile & Invertebrate & Amphibian Hall
3:00pm Look for Docent
Walk-in Aviary
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