by Chelo Grubb
What do you think of when you visualize the desert? Cacti? Breathtaking sunsets? Elusive Gila monsters?The museum's stingray pool will feature cownose rays that are regularly debarbed—a process the museum says is comparable to giving them a stingray fingernail trim.
At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, you can experience those things, as well as the touch of a stingray. Although the Sonoran Desert may be known for its dry climate, the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) and the stingrays that flow through it are critically important and the primary reason the Sonoran Desert has been named the “lushest desert on earth.”