After you’re done getting wild in the city, spend some time with the REAL wild ones. Las Vegas is home to many animal exhibits, including zoos, aquariums, and the natural wildlife native to the land. Make your trip to Las Vegas a unique one by living on the wild side and visiting these Las Vegas animals the next time you are in town.
If you have a love for flamingos step inside the serene paradise of the Flamingo Habitat at the Flamingo. Strutting their beauty is hundreds of gorgeous pink Chilean flamingos. The species frolics on islands and streams surrounded by waterfalls and foliage. This animal attraction also features swans, ducks, koi fish and turtles. It’s truly one of the most peaceful places to visit in Las Vegas.
At this animal habitat, not only can you view the ranch’s many regal lions at a close distance, but you can get even more up close and personal with many of the animals found here! Visitors can book a package to hand-feed one of the ranch’s giraffes, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and lion’s enclosures, and even hand feed a lion!
Located at the Mirage, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat consists of two ways to see different animals. First, visitors can watch bottlenose dolphins swim and play in the Dolphin Habitat. Then it’s on to viewing exotic animals like white lions, white tigers, panthers and leopards at the Secret Garden.
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Despite its name, you won’t just find sea creatures at SeaQuest. The animal attraction at The Boulevard Mall is also home to a variety of reptiles and birds from all over the world. Guests of all ages will love checking out toucans and turtles and even swimming with the stingrays.
Enjoy a tropical oasis right in the middle of the desert with a trip to The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Home to over 2,000 animals (over 100 of which are sharks) and a 1.6-million-gallon tank, The Shark Reef Aquarium is full of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures including sharks of all kinds, sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha and jelly fish. Budding marine biologists will love this attraction.
Watch the aquatic life gently glide by at Silverton Casino’s 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Considered one of the “Best Free Attractions” in Las Vegas, the aquarium features an artificial reef and is home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, eels, three species of stingrays, and three species of sharks. You might even catch a glimpse of a mermaid there, too.
The Tank features five species of sharks and various game fish encompassing the shark aquarium, which is the centerpiece of the pool complex. Complete with waterfalls and a great water slide that speeds adventurous guests through the aquarium. The shark species include sand tiger sharks, brown sharks, Pacific blacktip sharks, nurse sharks and a zebra shark. There are also southern stingrays, and a wide variety of large game fish in the colorful reef habitat.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Clark County Wetlands Park, a 210-acre preserve that’s perfect for animal-watching. The whole family can enjoy a picnic lunch in this scenic park, which is home to a variety of wildlife. Be on the lookout for heron, ducks, beavers, and other animals.
You won’t believe the amazing sights at the Springs Preserve, a 180-acre wonderland featuring reptiles, amphibians, and even mammals like rabbits and foxes. There’s a seasonal butterfly exhibit, gardens, and trails to enjoy throughout the park. The preserve is a great place to get back to nature without having to leave Las Vegas.
For these Las Vegas animals, all you need to do is take a hike in the beautiful Red Rocks and observe the sights around you. Burros, lizards, frogs, birds, foxes, deer, and more all call this habitat their home. Be sure to pack some water, snacks, and sunscreen, because you aren’t going to want to cut this animal-watching experience short.
With Vegas being such a city with its flashing lights and large buildings, you can still get in touch with nature with these Las Vegas animals. Whether you decide to see some dolphins in the middle of the desert or go on a hike to explore the nature surrounding the city, you’ll be surprised just how many animals you can see. Book a room at Golden Gate Hotel to have a place to rest and recuperate after all of your wild animal adventures!