Get in Touch With Vegas' Wild Side at These Animal Habitats

The lowdown on where to encounter animals in Las Vegas, from pelicans to pygmy goats.

It’s time to go wild! Whether you flock to see birds of a feather at the Flamingo, prowl alongside predators at Mandalay Bay or seek out native species at Springs Preserve, there’s something for every animal-lover in Las Vegas.

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

Snap a photo with a parrot or marvel at a flock of Chilean flamingos at this free attraction in the midst of the Strip, aptly located at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Start your day by watching the brown pelicans eat breakfast (feedings are at 8:30 am and 2 pm, daily) or, swing by to see swans, exotic ducks, ibis, koi fish and turtles.

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary

Take a guided tour through the home of more than 500 rescued birds and animals. In addition to by-appointment tours and volunteer opportunities, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary also hosts fun-filled events throughout the year. 

J.R. Pony Parties

Offering pony rides and a petting zoo, the whole family will enjoy attending Tuesdays at the Farm events at J.R. Pony Parties. The small farm provides travelers with the chance to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, petting llamas and feeding miniature donkeys. 

Lion Habitat Ranch

Stalk through the ranch, viewing lions up close and personal, or purchase an experience package to feed a giraffe or take a behind-the-scenes tour. The Lion Habitat Ranch also offers Feast with the Beasts, a two-hour experience where big cat-lovers can dine (seated within a glass enclosure) as lions look on. 

SeaQuest Las Vegas

Interact with animals such as capybaras, snakes, pygmy goats and lizards during a visit to SeaQuest. Take your encounter to the next level by snorkeling with stingrays or sleeping beside the sharks.

Shark Reef

Wander through an ancient-temple-themed aquarium chock-full of predators, including 15 species of sharks, a golden crocodile and a Komodo dragon. Located at Mandalay Bay, its 1.3-million-gallon tank is one of the largest in North America. 

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Learn about lions, tigers and leopards—oh my!—in Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at The Mirage. Then, become a trainer for a day, paint with bottlenose or master dolphin pose in an underwater viewing area at the duo's Dolphin Habitat. 

Silverton Aquarium

You never know what you’ll see at Silverton Casino. With a 117,000-gallon reef tank, as well as two 500-gallon jellyfish tanks, a mermaid may even swim by during your time spent marveling at its aquarium. 

Springs Preserve

Stop by Springs Preserve to see native creatures, such as the gray fox, in the Origen Museum, and meander past more than 250 species living in habitats along its trails. 

Madison Sullivan
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