May/June 2022 Issue
There are many wonderful spots to see animals around the West. Here are a few unique options—all accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This ocean-front aquarium is a top attraction on the California coast. More than 200 exhibits feature sea otters, sharks, and penguins, not to mention touch pools, whale-watching vistas, and a 28-foot-tall kelp forest.
Can’t-Miss Classic: The dizzying, circular swim of a school of sardines above as you enter the Open Sea gallery.
What’s New: Into the Deep, which opened in April 2022, highlights the unique creatures living at various ocean depths, from UFO-like comb jellyfish to giant Japanese spider crabs.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Located in Tucson, this popular destination highlights the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert with a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, and aquarium. Among its notable resident creatures are javelinas, prairie dogs, and Gila monsters.
Can’t-Miss Classic: Watch tiny birds hover with their wicked-fast wings in the 3,300-square-foot walk-in hummingbird aviary.
What’s New: The Avian Adventures program gives adults and big kids (8 years and up) close encounters with raptors, including holding one with a gloved hand.