Mojave River Valley Museum
Mojave National Preserve:
Flora & Fauna of the Mojave Preserve
The wildlife and vegetative resources of Mojave National Preserve reflect the mingling of three major
North American deserts: the
the Mojave, and the
Sonoran deserts. Vegetation
consists primarily of species common to the Mojave Desert, but the Preserve also contains floral species
of the Great Basin, Sonoran, and even some elements of the California coastal zone. Mojave
National Preserve was established to preserve an ecologically diverse, yet fragile
comprised of scenic, geologic and wildlife values unique not only to the Mojave, but the
desert environs as well. This transition zone, ranging from nine hundred to nearly eight
thousand feet in elevation, embraces a plethora of
dry lake beds,
alluvial fans, mountain ranges, table-top mesas, large desert bajadas (alluvial fans) and valleys. This
harsh Mojave desert landscape provides refugium for over one thousand plant and animal species,
including threatened and endangered species.
The Preserve consists primarily of vegetative attributes of the Mojave Desert but contains ...
In its entirety, the California desert contains no finer grouping of different wildlife ...
source - NPS
The range of the desert tortoise includes the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in southern ...
Desert Bighorn Sheep
Native populations of Nelsonís bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsonii) are found in ...
Mojave Tui Chub
The Mohave tui chub (Gila bicolor mohavensis) is in the minnow family and can reach over ...
Common fauna (jackrabbit) takes a break from the midsummer heat
Joshua tree woodland on Cima Dome