Sonoran desert

WWF Abstract

The Sonoran Desert is probably best known for the species that has become universally (though incorrectly) symbolic of all deserts, the saguaro cactus. This tall, slow-growing, armed cactus is the largest of all cacti and grows only in this ecoregion. A saguaro may reach 50 feet (15 m) in height during its potential lifespan of 200 years! This impressive cactus provides habitat for many animal species, including the cactus wren and Gila woodpecker.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Mexico, United States
Area:55,103,998 acres (22,299,797 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Rio Colorado Biosphere Reserve
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Area of Critical Environmental Concern
Casa Grande National Monument
Coachella Valley Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve
El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
Joshua Tree National Park
Organ Pipe Cactus Biosphere Reserve
Saguaro National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder