Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a stunningly beautiful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas’ famous Strip. Situated in the Mirage Hotel & Casino complex on 3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, this sanctuary is home to many species of wildlife, including the famous Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The animals’ natural environment has been intricately replicated to provide them with the best ‘home away from home’.
The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is the realized dream of two preservationists, Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher, who introduced the idea of creating a place of natural beauty and peaceful surroundings to animals in danger. The pair’s love for animals is clearly evident in this sanctuary as their every need is catered for. From top quality medical care to lush foliage, nothing is too much for animals that make the Secret Garden their home.
Visitors will be able to see some of the rarest breeds of animals on earth at the Secret Garden, including Siegfried and Roy’s most famous success stories – the white tiger. Other predators on view include lions, black panthers, snow leopards, and other types of leopards. Visitors will also delight in the beautiful but extremely rare golden heterozygous tiger. All the animals are kept in the most natural environments physically possible.
The Dolphin Habitat in the same complex offers visitors the opportunity to experience up the close the fascinating world of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. As a research and education facility, the dolphins are not ‘on show’ and do not perform tricks in elaborate concerts as one tends to find at regular aquariums. However, the Dolphin Habitat allows visitors to view how these beautiful creatures play and interact together through a 22-foot deep viewing tank. The eight dolphins are kept in prime quality surroundings, including coral reefs (man made for environmental reasons) and sandy ‘sea’ bottoms. A recent addition to the Dolphin Habitat was the birth of Sgt. Pepper in July 2007, the fifth cub born to the matriarch of the Habitat, Duchess.
Visitors who truly want to experience the world of the dolphins in greater detail, can take advantage of the Dolphin Habitat’s ‘Trainer for a Day’ program. This is a hands-on, daylong program that allows visitors to work with the dolphin trainers, feed the creatures, eat with them and enjoy one-to-one educational instruction about the dolphins. Even those who don’t choose this option will be pleased with the exceptional knowledge displayed by the Dolphin Habitat’s staff who are always willing to impart information about the animals.
The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat are open every day of the week, from 10 am to 7 pm from Memorial to Labor Day, and from 11 am to 5:30 pm from Labor Day to Memorial Day (from 10 am on weekends). There's an entrance fee for adults and children while kiddies under the age of three are let in for free. For visitors seeking a quiet retreat from the action of Las Vegas, this is definitely a place that is worth penciling into the itinerary.