Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. The Museum offers interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert – an arid region encompassing parts of Arizona and California in the United States and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.
The Museum's current operations and future growth are funded entirely by admissions, memberships, contributions and grants.
- Annual membership dues ensure the future of the Desert Museum – our work, our programs, collections and our actual museum site
- Providing educational programming for our community – for children and adults
- Conserving the Sonoran Desert environment – protecting native plants and animals
- Maintaining and improving the Museum's collections of live plants and animals as well as our other natural history collections
- Supporting ongoing research and advancing scientific understanding of the desert and shaping people's sense of stewardship