Best Guide to Animal Attractions from Vegas to Henderson

Lions and tigers and mermaids, oh my!  I love living in Las Vegas, there’s something special about being able to go to a huge fish tank to watch mermaid hand-feed stingrays, walk with peacocks at the parks, or feed chickens while walking about an open farm.

We have so many opportunities to visit with animals here in Las Vegas!  But if you’re wanting a traditional zoo, one is in it’s planning stages right now.  The Las Vegas Zoological Society is too far from an opening date and still in it’s planning stages.

When visiting our local animal attractions, keep the animals well being in mind.  We have seen gum in the dolphin habitats pool and seen rough handling of sea creatures at aquariums by attendees.  When you see something wrong, report it to the staff.

The Lion Habitat

382 Bruner Ave, Henderson, NV 89044 Admission is from $8 to $25 FREE on your birthday!

The Lion Habitat is clean and there are more than just the beautiful lions! There is the locally born and famous Ozzie the giraffe, emus, ostriches, and small birds like parrots and cockatoos. The ranch is a not for profit and they take in animals from zoos. They are at capacity and are no longer breeding.  The original MGM lions who are no longer housed inside the casino are now enjoying their days here with friends.

Springs Preserve & Butterfly Habitat

33 S. Valley View Blvd.

The Springs Preserve is a local favorite with and without families. The playground area is free to play at and walking in the gardens is a fun adventure with curious kids. But my favorite part is the Butterfly Habitat. Not open all year, just Spring, this covered arboretum of butterflies is a joy in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. The butterfly exhibit showcases the marvelous insects and how they live. It’s open every spring and fall from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.

But there are full-time animals to view and learn about as well! Guests will encounter a myriad of wildlife that calls the desert home with an exhibit of live animals including Gila monsters, lizards, bats, snakes, leopard frogs, desert cottontail rabbits, desert tortoises, spiders, a gray fox, and more. All the animals are native to the Mojave and many are bred on-site at the Springs Preserve.

Admission ranges from $4.95 to $18.95, check the website for details!

Red Rock National Conservative Area

View some of the arachnids, reptiles, birds, and mammals found in the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Venomous animals will also be available to be viewed. Living and preserved specimens will be on display and discussion and questions are encouraged by staff. For more information, please call (702) 515-5367. There is a fee to enter the park, $15 per car so load up your friends!

Gilcrease Bird Santuary

8103 Racel St, Las Vegas, NV 89131

The Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to providing a lifetime safe haven for animals of all kinds that have no other options. They offer educational opportunities and resources on proper pet care, adoption, animal husbandry, and conservation. The Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary is a fun walk with your kids. They have a ton of fun events that usually have a fee but when it’s going to such a great place like this, I’m happy to pay! The Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary is also a great place for people, including kids with adult supervision, to volunteer their time. Admission is free to wander around unless there is an event. Events do have a fee to attend….but it’s well worth it to support these animals!

The Farm in North Las Vegas

7222 W. Grand Teton Drive

The Farm Las Vegas is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee to visit Barn Buddies Rescue animals is $5 for adults, $3 for children old enough to walk.

Visitors may purchase chicken, duck, and quail eggs, as well as freshly made pies and bread. Local honey and locally grown vegetables are also for sale. All proceeds go directly to the care of the rescued animals.

To volunteer or donate (all proceeds go to housing, feeding, and care of animals), contact Sharon Linsenbardt at 702-982-8000 or

McKee Ranch Foundation

8982 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89139

McKee Ranch is free and open to the public every day during daylight hours.

Children love to feed the animals crackers and carrots and play in the playgrounds.
School groups are encouraged to bring the children to play and pony rides and hayrides are available.

The ranch has recently joined up with KISMIF (Keep it simple, make it fun) an organization for challenged children and adults.

Plant World/Moon Nursery


This is one of our favorite places to visit with the kids! Many different types of colorful macaws sit in manzanita perches around the different plants. There is also a pretty pond full of koi and red ear slider turtles who bask in the sun. Cats are also around, basking in the sun and looking for pets from customers. Bunnies and two tortoises are also in the back area by the fruit trees. We often buy a container of ladybugs here to release in our garden. It is completely free to wander the grounds while looking at the animals and birds.

Flamingo Nature Area

3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109

Touted as one of the most unique and beloved attractions in Las Vegas, Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat is a serene paradise. All animals are carefully maintained. The species frolic on islands and streams surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and foliage. Spot hummingbirds zipping to their feeders, snap a few pictures of signature flamingos, and watch the water animals at feeding time.

Open daily: Dawn to Dusk

Pelican Feedings: 8:30 am and 2 pm daily
Take your picture with one of the resident parrots
Excellent experience for kids and nature lovers
Free attraction with sumptuous background scenery and photo ops
See an expansive assortment of wildlife up close
Two live feedings to watch every day

Additional Animal Attractions

  • Peacocks & other birds at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
  • Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
  • Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
  • SeaQuest  Las Vegas
  • The Tank at Golden Nugget  (sharks and fish)
  • Saltwater Aquarium at Silverton  (mermaid shows)
  • Bighorn sheep at Hemenway Valley Park in Boulder City
  • Clark County Wetlands Park (heron, ducks, beavers, coyote)

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