Wildlife at the High Desert Museum
Get close up to wild animals – from otters and porcupines, to owls, eagles and reptiles and more! Discover High Desert animals in natural habitats indoors and in outdoor exhibits on scenic nature trails. Learn about how the Museum wildlife team cares for these animals and why they can’t be released into the wild. Learn more about these animals during our daily wildlife programs and special seasonal flight shows. Check the Daily Schedule for more information.
About Our Wildlife
The Museum’s wildlife staff works with our animals daily to build their trust. The animals’ habitats are designed to give them the space and environment they require. This is all a part of the Museum’s commitment to delivering the highest standard of animal care.
The animals cared for at the Museum cannot be released to the wild. Most of them were rescued after being injured. Many of the birds cannot fly due to their injuries. Other animals rely on us just to survive because they never learned how to hunt or avoid predators. When people take young animals from their parents, these animals become imprinted on humans and can no longer survive in the wild.