|A Joshua Tree in Mojave sunset light, photo by Paul Goldberg|
|Hole-in-the-Wall, photo courtesy of the US Dept. of the Interior|
|The abandoned Post Office in the ghost town of Kelso, photo by Pierre Camateros|
|A local Mojave tour guide, photo by Paul Goldberg|
|This dragonfly tried to hitchhike on my car's antenna, photo by Paul Goldberg|
Despite appearing as a relatively barren landscape, the area is teeming with varied and interesting animal life including many species endemic to region or otherwise rarely found outside of the preserve. One such example is the Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia), which is specialized in its ability to "swim" under sand.
Birds, reptiles, rodents, and larger mammals all reside in the area, although where you might find them varies due to temperature, time of day and elevation. A large percentage of desert animals are nocturnal, or active at night, including desert rodents, bats, owls, mountain lion, skunks, and foxes. Other animals in the Mojave are crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk.
|Mojave Desert Tortoise populations are threatened, partly because of invasive plants, photo courtesy of NPS|
|The beautiful solitude of the Mojave National Preserve, photo courtesy of the NPS|