Saguaro National Park
Notice how saguaros and these other plants have adapted to extreme heat and drought. The saguaro’s main stem and arms expand to hold water collected through its roots. The cholla’s cluster of spines shades and protects its skin. Creosote and ocotillo leaves drop during dry times and sprout again when the soil is moist.
Desert animals---coyotes, snakes, javelinas, and rodents—take shelter during times of extreme heat and cold. Kangaroo rats and ground squirrels protect themselves underground. Look for evidence of their burrows as you walk through this desert habitat.
(Key to animals and plants)
1. Western diamondback rattlesnake; 2. Ocotillo; 3. Gamble quail; 4. Round-tailed ground squirrel; 5. Saguaro; 6. Kangaroo rat; 7. Desert tortoise; 8. Roadrunner; 9. Coyote; 10. Javelina; 11. Teddy bear cholla; 12. Prickly peat cactus; 13. Desert cottontail; 14. Creosote bush; 15. Night-blooming cereous.
Erected by National Park Service-United
Location. 32° 15.252′ N, 111° 11.868′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on N. Kinney Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the visitor center garden in the Tucson Monument District. The garden is located on the left side of the visitor center between the parking lot and wash. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson AZ 85743, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World of the Wash (a few steps from this marker); Seed to Sentinel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tucson Plant Materials Center (approx. 11.4 miles away); Desert Laboratory (approx. 11.6 miles away); Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); a different marker also named Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); The Grotto at San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away).
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.