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Bobcats at Madrona Pools
Pair of Bobcats (Lynx rufus) at Madrona Pools, a perennial water source in the Park's back-country
The black-tailed is the more common jackrabbit (really, a hare) found in Saguaro's desert habitats. Watch for its black-tipped ears and bouncing gait as it runs from hikers.
Ground Squirrel on a Cholla Branch
One of the smaller animals in the park has the longest name -- Harris Antelope Ground Squirrel (Ammosperophilus harrisii) -- and is one of the most frequently encountered by visitors.
Mostly nocturnal, the Packrat (Neotoma albigula) is better known by its large nests, covered with sticks and cactus pieces.
The Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is the only member of the Dog Family that regularly climbs trees -- even saguaros!
The Coyote (Canis latrans) is probably the most often-seen large mammal in Saguaro National Park.
Mountain Lion or Cougar
A Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) visits a water hole in the Rincon Valley area of Saguaro National Park.
The White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica) is a tropical animal that has arrived in Saguaro National Park fairly recently. It is found in the Rincon Mountains oak forests.
The Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is a nocturnal animal well adapted to the park's rocky terrain. A good mouser, it is sometimes called "miner's cat" even though it is related to the raccoon.
Javelina or Collared Peccary
The Javelina (Pecari tajacu) is a peccary, not a pig, common in Saguaro National Park. Everyone here uses the Spanish name which refers to the sharp tusks of the male: like javelins.
Once seen primarily in Saguaro's high mountains, the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has recently been seen at lower elevations, perhaps replacing the Mule Deer there.
Drought, development, and natural cycles may play a role in the drop in Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) numbers in the desert areas of Saguaro National Park.
Bobcat at the Window
This bobcat came right up to the windows of the Rincon Mountain District's visitor center. He was just as interested in us as we were in him.
Three Desert Cottontails
These three Desert Cottontails were grazing on some new plants just behind the Rincon Mountain District’s visitor center.
Last updated: August 1, 2014