High Desert Plants & Wildlife

Mojave Desert Wildlife

The Mojave Desert is home to more than 1,000 plants and more than 600 animals! They acclimate to extreme climates, both hot and cold, and adapt to survive with very little water - making the quality of the water they use much more important.

Meet the Animals

Desert Tortoise
Gopherus agassizii

Canis latrans

Red-Tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis


Cottontail Rabbit
Sylvilagus audonii

Crotalus scutulatus

Barn Owl
Tyto alba



Mojave Desert Plantlife

Joshua Tree
Yucca brevifolia

Mesquite Tree
Prospopis juliflora

All of these plants and animals rely on clean water to survive – stormwater pollution and a phenomenon called biological magnification can threaten the health and well-being of Mojave Desert wildlife.

Biological Magnification

Biological magnification a.k.a. biomagnification, affects every level of the ecosystem. It is the process where the concentration of a contaminant increases and becomes more harmful as it gets passed up the food chain.