Enjoy admission to an attraction that defines wild in Vegas in a whole new way -- The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Las Vegas.
The facility, which opened in 1990, is the dream of legendary magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, better known to millions as Siegfried & Roy. For years the duo has worked to help save endangered animals, primarily white tigers and lions.
Surrounded by palm trees, lush foliage and 2.5 million gallons of water, the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is truly an oasis on the Las Vegas Strip. The Dolphin Habitat is a research facility designed to educate people about these amazing creatures. And while the dolphins don't perform, visitors can occasionally catch the animals engaging in natural play.
The Dolphin Habitat also offers an underwater viewing area, shaded seating, a café and a gift shop filled with memorabilia including plush dolphin toys and even dolphin-shaped water guns.
Just steps away from the Dolphin Habitat, guests can enter the wonderful, secluded world of beautiful wildcats.
The attraction displays six different showcases of lions, tigers and leopards. There are no animal shows. You'll be observing all of animals in a lush tropical environment.
For more than 20 years, Siegfried and Roy dedicated their time in preserving these rare and exotic breeds. Not only does the Secret Garden preserve these animals from extinction, but visitors also have the opportunity to gain a better understanding and awareness about them.
As you meander through the habitat, you'll notice all the greenery, jungle-themed music and even a towering wildcat figure made from plants. Some of the cats even have built-in waterfalls in their resting areas.
You'll also discover fun facts about the animals written on plaques spread throughout the facility. For instance, female lions do most of the hunting while the male lion watches over the pride. Also, tigers actually enjoy swimming.
The Secret Garden stands out from other animal habitats because it features black and white striped tigers as well as pure white ones. With their distinctive fur color and crystal blue eyes, the cats almost seem unreal.
The Secret Garden is also home to six leopards, one snow leopard and one black panther, all of which are endangered species.
If you want to take some of the wildlife back home with you, the gift shop at the Secret Garden offers souvenirs.
Daily, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Last admission is 5:30 p.m.
The Secret Garden is undergoing construction April 9 to June 23, 2014. The attraction will remain open, but offer a discounted price during that time.