Mikayla Whitmore / Las Vegas Sun
The Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson.
We don’t have a zoo, but you can still find tigers, sharks, zebras and more nearby
Aug 3, 2015 (2 a.m.)
Our desert teems with life — maybe more than you think. Of course, there are the bighorn sheep that roam Boulder City and the jackrabbits that pop out of suburban bushes. But there also are hundreds of species of exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and birds that have found homes in Southern Nevada. Within an hour’s drive of Las Vegas, you can see lions, tigers and bearcats (oh my!), dolphins, sharks, monkeys, tigers, zebras, otters and more — even though the valley has no zoo. How did such exotic animals end up here? Who cares for them? And how do they survive in the desert? ...