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Desert Animals

Understanding the immense problem about trash in our deserts is important for the protection of animals who live in that area. Instilling a sense of responsibility about this issue when kids are young will change the situation for the better.


These activities are included to promote the need for everyone to take part. Each activity can be adapted for home, school, museum, camp or an organization willing to continue the mission to save our deserts.

Bird Silhouettes

The animals need our help!

Main Animals in the Story

  • regal horned lizard

  • bark scorpion

  • diamondback rattlesnake

  • kangaroo rat

  • desert tortoise

  • turkey vulture


Animals to Research

  • roadrunner

  • bobcat

  • javelina

  • coyote

  • elf owl

  • types of lizards

  • Gila Montster

  • various birds/raptors


  1. Research information about the animals that live in the desert. Learn more about their habitats, behaviors and defenses.

  2. Visit a museum, zoo or animal park to see the types of animals that live in the desert and other natural areas. Identify the nocturnal and diurnal animals.

  3. Invite a speaker from a park, a museum or zoo to share information about various desert animals.
  4. Write a letter to staff at a National Park to find out about their animal related programs.

  5. Investigate the types of animals that live in other natural areas near your community. Find ways to help with litter problems that affect those animals.

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