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Tennity Wildlife Hospital & Conservation Center

The Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center has been open since January 26, 2002. While this state-of-the-art facility was conceived and constructed to bring the highest quality of care to The Living Desert’s animal collection, it was also designed with The Living Desert’s human visitors in mind.

Stop by on your next visit and enjoy these interesting activities:

  • Go on a docent-led tour of this extraordinary new facility and discover for yourself the many unique and distinctive elements that were included in the Hospital design.
  • Observe medical procedures and examinations taking place in the Animal Treatment Rooms.
  • Learn more about what is required to care for The Living Desert’s extensive animal collection.
  • Investigate the various interactive exhibits that provide fascinating and educational perspectives on the physiology and veterinary care of our many animals.
  • Get up close and personal with snake skins, antlers, horns, and other animal material.

After exploring the Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center, open the sliding doors in the Hospital’s main lobby to enjoy a beautifully enclosed garden featuring dramatic cacti, black lava rock, and relaxing benches. Additionally, the Hospital neighbors the McDonald Butterfly Garden. This colorful and engaging garden hosts a variety plants and flowers that attract butterflies and sustain their lifecycle. You’ll find mesquite trees and feather bushes, desert willows and chaste trees, fairy dusters and sweet smelling sages, blankets of verbena and banks of lantana, plus dozens of wildflower species.

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Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center


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