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International Wildlife Museum Tucson

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International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Road
Tucson
AZ
85745
Tel: (520) 629-0100

Directions

Exit Speedway Blvd. (Exit 257). Turn west and go approximately 5 miles. The Wildlife Museum is on the right just before the mountains.

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The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. Founded in 1988, the museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals.
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    This is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours with your family and friends, particularly if you are visiting the Gates Pass area of Tucson or the other nearby attractions such as the Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios and Saguaro National Park West. The museum itself is air-conditioned, which provides a welcome break from the intense desert heat or inclement weather. As you approach the museum from the parking lot, you cross over a foot bridge which traverses an oasis-like area with a large pond teeming with small fish and other wildlife....Read More

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    Great fun for a zoologist or boy younger than fourteen years; a bore for everyone else. basically, only taxidermy of dead animals [and to a lesser extent, birds and replites] but a very large number. the mcelroy hall alone has over two hundred. small boys may enjoy it but not anyone else. dead animals, birds, reptiles, insects and butterflies are not my cup of tea so i did not like it but there is a huge number and incredible variety; a theatre shows documentaries throughout the day

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    Very educational and informative. Admission price was very fair.

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    This place is huge inside. Every animal you can think of preserved for generations to enjoy. If stuffed animals freak you out, then this is not the place for you. Hunters and children will love it however! They encourage to touch lots of the exhibits which is the exact opposite of regular museums. Great air conditioning to as well. Definitely recommend!

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    Zoos are wonderful places. But you dont always get to see the animals - sometimes they are hiding. Books and TV are wonderful ways to learn about wildlife. But to truly appreciate them, you need to experience them close-up and personal. In the wild would be the best, but how many of us will ever get to Africa or Asia? The International Wildlife Museum has more than 400 species of mammals, birds and insects, most of which youll never get to see in real life. Here you can not only see them, but you can get within a few feet of most of them,...Read More

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by Don Mills

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This is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours with your family and friends, particularly if you are visiting the Gates Pass area of Tucson or the other nearby attractions such as the Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios and Saguaro National Park West. The museum itself is air-conditioned, which provides a welcome break from the intense desert heat or inclement weather. As you approach the museum from the parking lot, you cross over a foot bridge which traverses an oasis-like area with a large pond teeming with small fish and other wildlife. As an extra bonus, the east side of the museum site features one of the most spectacular views you'll find anywhere in Tucson. Near the entrance there is a charming courtyard with fountain and plenty of seating to relax. Upon entering the museum, you'll be greeted by a very large rhino and the museum's friendly staff who will provide you with information about the museum which is self-guided. The museum is handicap accessible and they do have wheelchairs available for those who need them. The first room you'll enter is dedicated to insects of the world with a spectacular collection of butterflies and beetles. The rest of the museum is primarily dedicated to animals from around the world including several life-like dioramas with an emphasis on wildlife conservation. The highlight of the museum is "goat mountain", the recreation of an alpine mountain scene featuring quite a few different species of mountain goats and sheep (our grandkids counted 26). The museum features a gift shop with light snacks, sandwiches and soft drinks. The International Wildlife Museum is fascinating for young and old and well worth your time. Don't miss it whenever you're in Tucson.

Visited September 2012

by A Google User

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Zoos are wonderful places. But you dont always get to see the animals - sometimes they are hiding. Books and TV are wonderful ways to learn about wildlife. But to truly appreciate them, you need to experience them close-up and personal. In the wild would be the best, but how many of us will ever get to Africa or Asia? The International Wildlife Museum has more than 400 species of mammals, birds and insects, most of which youll never get to see in real life. Here you can not only see them, but you can get within a few feet of most of them, and there are many which you are able to touch - to feel their coats, and horns. The Museum has two rotating exhibit galleries which change every 4-6 months or so. When I was there, they had a really cool exhibit on Prehistoric Pronghorn - Antelope Ancestors with wierd fossil pronghorn, some with really bizzare horns. And they have a complete skeleton of a fossil pronghorn from a cave near Sonoita, Arizona. Another rotating exhibit is about Jaguars in Arizona, including some pictures of Macho B, the jaguar which recently died.

This museum is worth a visit several times a year!

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