The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's new aquarium exhibit will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.
The Warden Aquarium is the museum's first new major exhibit to open in more than a decade.
"Rivers to the Sea" highlights the roles of the Sonoran Desert's rivers and the Gulf of California. The 1,100 sq. ft. aquarium will house two galleries: one highlighting the region's freshwater rivers and aquatic life and the other featuring the gulf and representative sea life.
The exhibit will include 14 tanks displaying a variety of fresh- and salt-water wildlife. Some of the Museum's numerous conservation projects impacting many aquatic species will be highlighted in the galleries.
The exhibition will also include a touch tank with marine invertebrates, like sea stars and hermit crabs, for a hands-on encounter for visitors. To protect the animals, the touch tanks will be available only to behind-the-scenes tours. After the animals have adjusted to being touched and have adjusted to their new environment, the touch tanks will be available to all visitors.
Admission to the aquarium is included in the museum's general admission price, but viewing times will be assigned to visitors upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis to avoid overcrowding.
Visitors can also reserve a confirmed viewing time on the museum's website for an extra $5.
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