Burgers' Desert

Desert

Burgers' Desert

Burgers' Desert

From the Bush, close to the aardvarks, is an underground tunnel of adventure, which leads to Burgers' Desert. The tunnel is made to look like a deserted mineshaft. There's a lot to be discovered for young and old adventurers, for example a gold-vein, fossils, minerals, crawling spaces and short-cuts and even a stalactite and stalagmite cavern. A few animals that like darkness, also live in special quarters in the tunnel. For example, in the cavern with the stalactites and stalagmites swims a school of blind cave fish. Because these fish lived in dark caves for many generations their eyes are no longer functional.

Between the rock crevices

Between the rock crevices

Almost at the Desert, you will see the homes of a number of smaller desert inhabitants between the rock crevices. These are the species that hide in the cracks and crevices of the rocks during the day, when it is either too hot or not safe to be outside. Here live, amongst others, the bird spiders and milk snakes. The milk snakes are a perfect example of mimicry: these non-poisonous snakes mimic the poisonous coral snake's colour. Also the low-energy African cave cricket, which in the wild almost solely feeds on bat poop, surely deserves a moment of attention from the visitors.

The Mexican-American rock desert

The Mexican-American rock desert

A few animal species are easy to find in the Mexican-American rock desert of Burgers' Desert. Among these are the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) and the family of bighorn sheep on a rock plateau nearby. Also reptiles can be found in the Desert. There are Gila monsters, one of the very few poisonous lizards. Red diamondback rattlesnakes can also count on their venom. In addition, they have infrared senses, which is very useful for tracking warm-blooded prey in the dark.

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