Mirage, Las Vegas
The Secret Garden is within the grounds of the Mirage hotel. It is run by Siegfreid and Roy who own all these animals.
Make sure you check the times of opening before going as when we went they were closed as it was early closing during the winter months. Fortunately we were able to see them the next day.
Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm
Sat & Sun 10am-7pm
Sat & Sun 10am-4pm
Sat & Sun 10am-5.30pm
Children 4-12 years $10
Dolphins! Oh I love dolpins also :-)
One thing about the dolphins I liked here was that there isnt a show where they perform tricks, they just swam round doing what dolphins do. The dolphin habitat holds 2.5 million gallons of water and the bottom is sandy with an artifical coral reef system to try and emulate their real habitat. You can see the dolphins also under the water through an observation window.
In the photograph is a baby dolphin who was having fun with the rings.
Besides the cats here at the Secret Garden there is an elephant, only one though!!!!!! dont know why it hasnt got a partner. I like animals to be in two's. She is an asian elephant called Gildah and she is absolutely beautiful. I love elephants.
There are other cats here, tigers , panthers, and leopards. Although its lovely to see these beautiful animals and I am sure they are given the very best care I does sadden me that they are here in the first place. But I suppose if these animals were on the brink of extinction then otherwise they might have been no more. I dont know I am not an expert.
There are snow white tigers here whose natural habitat is the Himalayas. Some have a very faint stripe. There are also striped white tigers. All these animals are in Siegfreid and Roy's conservation programme.
I love this picture, makes you want to cuddle him :-)
There is a compound in the hotel where the whole of the front is glass and you can see the beautiful white tiger, looking bored out of their brains. I think the layout of the enclosure with its small pool is more for the benefit of tourists than that or the tiger. There is a door at the rear which is constantly being pawed and scratched as if they are saying "get me out of here"! Its obvious they dont like it in here and when we were there there was just the one so maybe if two were in together they may not be quite as bored. These tigers are rotated so it isnt the same one all day thankfully.
A spectacular show of fire and heat can be seen at the volcano at the Mirage hotel and casino on the Strip. The volcano only spills out (beautiful) lava, smoke, fire, and heat after dark in the evenings every 15 minutes.
The Mirage was the first casino built by Steve Wynn's from the ground up. Opening in 1989 at a cost of $730 million it proved to be an instant success. Today it occupies 102 acres, with more than a block of waterfalls and tropical foliage fronting the hotel. In the center is its $30 million "volcano," which, after dark, erupts every 15 minutes, spewing fire 100 feet above the lagoons below. It’s a really great light show.
As you enter the lobby you are greeted by a 53-foot, 20,000-gallon coral-reef aquarium stocked with more than 1,000 colorful tropical fish. Walk past the lobby and you’ll find yourself in the rainforest. It occupies a 100-foot domed atrium with over 3,000 tropical plants and waterfalls. The pathway is lined with hundreds of different species of tropical flora, including orchids, birds of paradise, trees, bromeliads and magnificent Canary Island date palms. Lagoons and cascading waterfalls form attractive waterscapes amid the greenery, bathed from above in natural sunlight
Off the side of casino is a habitat for Siegfried and Roy's white tigers. Ever since the attack the show has stopped but the enclosure makes for great viewing. Out back is the pool, one of the nicest in Vegas, with a quarter-mile shoreline, a tropical paradise of waterfalls and trees, water slides. The pool is perfect for exploring. The wonderfully lush garden setting reveals a series of blue lagoons, inlets and waterfalls, plus two exotically-landscaped islands where the flowers are always in bloom.
Behind the pool are the Dolphin Habitat and Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden. The Habitat holds seven dolphins in the largest saltwater pool in the world. I was curious about what Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden was, many things danced through my mind. It actually is a small zoo featuring animals used in Siegfried & Roy's closed show and includes tigers, lions, elephants, and other jungle types. Each person is given their own audio program so they can go at their own pace and either be educated or entertained,
The white tiger habitat is located along a long hallway in the Mirage Hotel. Here you can see the famous and beautiful white tigers from the former Seigfried and Roy show. The tigers roam around this area which consists of a swimming pool and cave. This is a free exhibit you can walk past on your way into or out of the Mirage.
The garden was created as a habitat for the animals who were once part of the Seigfried and Roy show. It is a pretty impressive collection of 40 or so endangered animal species, including white lions and white tigers in a pseudo forest setting. I'm not sure if its worth the price of admission, which runs $12.00 (as of 2004), so I'll let you decide that one for yourselves.
Admission into the secret garden also includes the dolphin habitat. This habitat is a large pool, or several connected pools rather, where Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are kept. The facility is touted as an educational and research facility, but its mostly a tourist attraction for the Mirage Hotel.
I was a bit skeptical about dolphins in the desert but there are 8 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
A bit expensive for the 15 minute tour ($12.00) but that also provides admission into the Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy where you can see rare white tigers and other endangered species.
The dolphins live in a 2.5 million gallon saltwater tank and seem to be very connected to their trainers. There is an underwater observation tank and vistitors can watch tapes of baby dolphins who were born at the habitat.
Hours: Week days 11-7 Week ends: 10 -7
Secret Garden closed on Wednesdays.
Every fifteen minutes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, the earth shakes and flames shoot into the night sky spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the waters below, transforming a tranquil waterfall into spectacular streams of molten lava.
The volcano at The Mirage has been a Las Vegas signature attraction since the resort opened in 1989, mesmerizing spectators with it thunderous, fiery display. The volcano, situated on three water-covered acres, is 54 feet high and circulates 119,000 gallons of water per minute.
The show is free to the public. Show may be cancelled during times of high winds or inclement weather.
The Secret Garden of Seigfried and Roy sounds tacky in typical Las Vegas style, but it was probably one of the best things I have seen in Las Vegas.
This attraction consists of three bottle-nosed dolphin pools, plus a collection of rare white and golden tigers. An asian elephant is also part of the group as well, and this is all set in beautiful, manicured shrubbery and flowers. The area is cleaner than any zoo that I've been in, and is actually a research station, affiliated with many major zoos around the world that the famous duo have contacted to set up breeding programs.
What is so great about this is that you can actually get very close to the dolphins and sit on the edge of the pool, to watch them train and be exercised which you can't do at other dolphin exhibits. Often, they will do flips and turns on their own, or play, which is quite entertaining to sit back and watch.
You also get to see what magnificent creatures the white tigers are, and do make sure you see the rare snow white tiger. Also, be careful, as they are cats -- one of them sprayed a crowd of people in front of his area, maybe getting a little revenge for himself.
If not for the animals, go here to get a whiff of fresh air. Smoking is not allowed in the area, and we realized here how much cigarette smoke we had been exposed to in Vegas, after breathing in the clean, clean air of the Secret Garden. It's a wonderful oasis to escape the crowds and noise of Vegas.
The entry fee is $12 per adult, and really is worth it. You can stay as long as you like.
The good thing about Vegas: some of the famous attractions are for free! The Vulcano is in front of the glittery Mirage Hotel which has a kind of lagoon in front of the hotel and casino buildings.
From 7 p.m. to midnight the Vulcano erupts every 15 minutes, shooting smoke and flames high in the sky. What during the day is a waterfall turns into a stream of lava.
It looks great, so you have to see it, but once is enough ;-) Try and get a good place to watch - you won't be the only one!
the inside of this hotel is really beautifull - there is a supersize aquarium behind the front desk, lions , and all kind of plants
there is also gardens and stuff but they were closed when i was there
every night there is a show of volcano (the hourse are posted on the street near the hotel )