In the 1950's Tucson children were mesmerized by Hal Gras and his "Desert Ark." In his station wagon, Gras would transport live animals to visit local schools as an innovative outreach program by the Desert Museum. Gras was part educator and part entertainer and touched the lives of thousands of children and adults with his "hands on" approach to showcasing the natural world around us. Here the Ark has a place of honor at the Museum's entrance.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: