Surprisingly, there are a great many animals living on the Las Vegas Strip. We’re not talking about the ones that stagger down” The Strip” with yard long cocktails strapped to their bodies. We’re talking about real live animals. There are so many more animals than anyone realizes. If you have children that you’re bringing to Las Vegas on vacation with you, you might want to know where some of the animals are located. Some animals, you will be able to see for free, while there are charges for others.
At Mandalay Bay Hotel, Casino, and Resort, there is the Sharks Reef Aquarium exhibit. The Sharks Reef Aquarium is said to be “predator-based.” The aquarium has over 1200 different species of aquatic life, among them are: golden crocodile, moon jelly fish, starfish, sharks, sea turtles, rays, & so much more. With a depth of 22 feet the aquarium holds about 1.3 million gallons of water. The aquarium exhibit will take approximately two hours to visit, or longer for children that love it. The Shark Reef Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM Sunday-Thursday and 10:00AM -10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. Admission Fee: Adults $16.95, Children $10.95 (12 to 4 years old), Children 4 and younger are admitted FREE.
At the MGM Grand Hotel, Casino, and Resort, there are real live lions on display at the Lion Habitat. The African lions are said to be the descendents of “Leo the Lion,” the MGM Studios trademark mascot that roars on screen. There are many levels, in the specifically designed Lion’s Habitat, for the lions to play. The lions sleep more than they play; at least that has been our experience. The Lion’s Habitat is enclosed in 1 ½” glass with climate control, water fall, and trainers. The lions don’t actually live in the Lion’s Habitat; they live on a ranch somewhere outside of Las Vegas. We’ve been told that the lions like the Habitat so much that they don’t want to leave when it is time to go home. The Lion Habitat is open daily from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. There is no admission charge.
Looking for a Flock of flamingos? Real live flamingos can be found at Wildlife Habitat among the gorgeous landscape at the Flamingo Hotel, Casino, and Resort. The Flamingos are actually Chilean flamingos. Their striking pink color is fascinating to see as they gracefully sleep on one leg. There are many other birds at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, as well as, black-necked swans, many various species of ducks, koi fish that can grow to the weight of 30 pounds, and water turtles. The palm trees, waterfalls and streams give the Wildlife Habitat a truly amazing tropical feel. It is a surprisingly refreshing place to take a break from the Las Vegas Strip. The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo is open daily from 8:00AM to Dusk. Admission is FREE to all ages.
Caesar’s Palace Hotel, Casino, and Resort is home to Caesar’s Forum where there are hundreds of high end designer shops, but we’re here to see the aquarium located to the back of Caesar’s Forum away from the Strip, in front of the Cheesecake Factory restaurant, and Bath and Body Works, and behind “The Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show.” (The Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show is FREE. Shows are every hour on the hour Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM – Midnight.) There are over 1000 different species of marine life in a 50,000 gallon salt water aquarium. The rays in the aquarium seem to be friendly, almost making us feel as though it would be rude not to take their picture. For additional fun, divers feed the fish at 1:15pm and 5:15 pm. Admission is FREE to all.
At the Mirage Hotel, Casino, and Resort, there is a Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden at The Mirage was established by World famous magicians Siegfried & Roy. It was their dream to protect endangered species. It is an enchanting place, hidden away, and yet magically on the Las Vegas Strip. Only beloved magicians Siegfried & Roy could pull this off. The Secret Garden is home to the famous rare royal white tigers, endangered snow leopards and Black Panther. The Secret Garden was specially designed with the animals needs in mind. There are 6 different showcases of lions, tigers, and leopards. Some animals even have their own personal waterfalls. The landscape of The Secret Garden is an oasis of tropical plants, lending well needed shady areas to animals. The Dolphin Habitat, also part of The Secret Garden, is comprised of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. The dolphin tanks are 2.5 million gallons of water, enclosed by palm trees. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat are Open daily, 11:00am – 6:30pm Monday – Friday, 10:00am- 6:30 pm Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays. Admission fees: Adults $15.00, Children (10-4 years old) $10.00, Children 3 and younger FREE with adult. Guests of the Mirage receive hotel discounts on admissions to The Secret Garden.
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