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The Gila Monster, named for the Gila River Basin, is a stout-bodied lizard that grows 18 to 24 inches in length and lives in the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. The Gila Monster feeds at night on small mammals, birds and eggs. The adult Gila Monster typically weighs three to five pounds and lives 20 to 30 years. Although slow-moving, they are venomous.


At Arizona Land and Water Trust, donors are the lifeblood of our conservation work.  Support from people like you accounts for over 30% of the Trust’s conservation funds.  Never has the need for our work with landowners and county officials been greater.  With Arizona’s population expected to double before 2050 or sooner, now is the time to work together to ensure this unprecedented growth does not sacrifice Southern Arizona’s open landscapes and wildlife. 

A little goes a long way.  The Trust’s conservation approach leverages your conservation dollars.  Working along side conservation partners and county planners, the Trust has identified Southern Arizona’s most important landscapes and wildlife habitat.  Now we’re working county by county with landowners and planners to secure citizen support and public finances to protect these open landscapes and wildlife for future generations.

From the Saguaro-studded Tucson Mountains and the Sonoita Grasslands to the Altar Valley and the San Pedro River’s gallery cottonwood forests, your support matters now more than ever