Mirage, Las Vegas
While you are waiting for the volcano to erupt at the Mirage, you might as well stick your head in the door and check out the white tigers. Only a few dozen of these white tigers exist in the world. The display is beautiful, and the animals are rotated several times during the day. Check them out as they swim in the pool, play in the fountains, and lounge in the display.
As you are srolling the strip at night, try and catch the Mirage Volcano. The 3 acre watery display in the front of the hotel, turns into a fiery, steamy volcano eruption by night. Water and flames shoot 54' into the air as the volcano erupts, and 119,000 gallons of water per minute flows in and around the hotel grounds. An incredible thing to see!
The Mirage Volcano Eruption is nothing spectacular but still something you don?t see everyday and is worth seeing. It is something, if you have kids, to keep them busy for at least 5 minutes. I would go when it is dark out and not right away at dusk like we did. The reasoning is because I think the colors would be more vibrant when it is darker out then when it is dusk.
The Dolphin Habitat is billed as a research habitat; although some of the dolphins may do tricks, they are not trained. The focus here is on observation and education. The 2.5-million-gallon facility plays host throughout the school year to students from the Clark County School District, and has a team of marine biologists on staff to point out highlights and answer any questions.
The habitat includes a 22-foot deep viewing tank, with both an outdoor and underground viewing area, four interconnected pools that replicate the dolphins' natural environment (only one pool is open to public viewing), and includes an artificial coral reef system and sandy bottom. Videos highlight the births of Duchess and Squirt, calves born to the family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins living at the obsevation center. No dolphin has been taken from the wild; only animals already in captivity are housed at the habitat. Guided tours are available.
According to Siegfried & Roy, their animals "stand sheltered from the harshness of the world" in their home at the Secret Garden. And these cats have got it made -- lush foliage native to their natural habitat, soothing music, the best medical care money can buy. It's hard to believe these white tigers were on the brink of extinction 50 years ago. In fact, none where believed to be alive until one was spotted in South Africa in 1957.
But white tigers and lions aren't the only exotic animals you'll find in the Secret Garden. Others inhabitants include a striking black panther, a rare snow leopard, and Gildah the Asian elephant, who at four tons and 53 years is both the heaviest and oldest animal in the garden. The rarest animal housed in the Secret Garden is the heterozygus tiger, a golden tiger capable of producing pure white, white striped and golden striped litters.
The habitat is nicely shaded and is emphasized as more of a conservation effort than an attraction. An audio tour is included at no extra charge. To say that the animals are beautiful is a vast understatement. This is THE must-see of Vegas. Nowhere else will you able to get so close to these magnificent animals.
Seigfreid and Roy perform here. Their white tigers live here permanently, so you are able to see them if you want. When I was there they also had dolphins that you could swim with!
Update - I would guess that Seigfried and Roy don't perform there now since the accident.
When the Mirage first opened the Rainforest was an eyecatching innovation. On a recent visit I dropped by again to see how it was holding up under the competition of the newer themed hotels and the answer is JUST FINE!!
You'll find the Rainforest just inside the hotel's front door -- the dome is 100 feet high and it takes 4 people to maintain the space.
Despite the horrible accident in the Siegfried & Roy show, you can still see their beautiful white tigers at the Mirage.
They are kept in a soundproofed glass front enclosure. I was concerned about such magnificent animals living in cages, but found out they are actually kept on a ranch, where they can roam freely outdoors. One or two are selected every few days to spend a short time on display at the Mirage. After those few days pass, it's someone else's turn. Not a bad gig, far better than a zoo!
Although it's difficult to see such magnificent animals in captivity, for some it may be the main chance at survival that their species have going.
While I only passed through the Mirage, and sampled a few of its attractions, I just loved the feel of this place. The lobby garden area you pass through is a cool respite from the punishing Vegas heat, and the aquarium behind the front desk is impressive.
Another cool Vegas freebie is the volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino. It erupts nightly (except in inclement weather -- I love it!), about every 15 minutes (between about 7 and midnight). Be warned that if you are up close to it, the fire effects can feel very hot!
Located in the Mirage Hotel and Casino, beyond the pool, this wild cat zoo and dolphin habitat is worth a visit. There, you can see a number of "white" cats -- lions and tigers -- as well as leopards, a black panther, and a ceremonial Thai elephant. The dolphin habitat consists of several pools and quite a few dolphins. They are not specially trained to perform, and there are no shows, but the keepers play with the dolphins in the course of their daily work and you get to see that. They play with balls and other floating toys, leap, and roll themselves up onto the edges of the pool.
The cost is $12 for adults, and you can stay as long as you like. There is a free audio accompaniment to the cat areas.
The Mirage Hotel,is also one of most beautiful hotels that I've seeing.Unfortunatelly during my visit to Las Vegas,I spent a very short time here and I can't tell you very much about the hotel.This hotel has 3,049 rooms,and like in all rest of hotels in the Strip it has a huge lobby where is located the casino.
Don't miss see by night the volcano fountain at garden,it is just amazing!!.
...from Treasure Island, continue on to The Mirage...
You can actually take a tram between Treasure Island and The Mirage, but it's just a short walking distance.
The Mirage is a lovely hotel with several interesting features:
1. The White Tiger Habitat: Siegfried and Roy's White Tigers are available for viewing at the hotel. Admission is free. They are beautiful, majestic animals and I always enjoy visiting them while in Vegas.
2. The Volcano: in front of The Mirage, there is a large "volcano" that erupts frequently. Every fifteen minutes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, pyrotechnic flames shoot into the sky and lava flows down the side of the volcano. This is fun to see.
3. The Aquarium in the lobby: The lobby features a 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium which contains angelfish, puffer fish, tangs, sharks and more than 1,000 coral-reef animals. The tank is 53 feet long, eight feet from top to bottom, and six feet from front to back. This is a really interesting feature in the hotel!
4. The rainforest and aviary: Right off the lobby, there is a mini-rainforest filled with exotic plants and bird. This is a nice area to walk through.
5. The Dolphin Habitat: The 2.5-million-gallon Dolphin Habitat contains a number of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and is especially fun for children to experience. The entry fee is $12.00 per person. It is free for children 10 years old and under (when accompanied by an adult).
No, I did not take this pic while diving. Contrary to what you might imagine, there are no coral reef systems in the desert of Nevada.
It's the salt water fish tank, at the Mirage, only one of many interesting little asides you'll find in virtually every casino.
Mirage is built around the white tiger theme and their signature show Siegfried and Roy. The photo shows Mirage's White Tiger Habitat near its main entrance. Since Roy was mauled by his beloved white tiger in Oct, 2003, the show has been cancelled and is not likely to return.