• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

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    The Visitor Center and bookstore will be closed for several weeks for construction. A temporary Visitor Center will be set up in the parking lot. The trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open during this period. No entrance fees will be collected.

Pocketed Free-tailed Bat

Pocketed Free-tailed Bat
Nyctinomops femorosaccus

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Wingspan: 13 – 15”; Body length: 2 – 3”
Diet: moths and other insects

The “pocket” that gives this bat its name is formed by a flap of skin between the knee and base of the tail. As one might suppose, the rest of the tail is not attached to a membrane.

The pocketed free-tail bat is found in the arid lowlands of the Southwest, and primarily roosts in rock crevices.

Did You Know?

crested saguaro

Tonto National Monument is home to a crested saguaro. Botanists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of lightning or freeze damage. About one in 150,000 saguaros develop this unusual growth.