Now Love and his fellow rangers are turning to a high-tech tracking device to keep tabs on the park's cactuses and deter potential poachers.
Swarm and his fellow biologists have noticed a trend in the park's saguaro population: There has been a surge in the number of baby cactuses since the 1960s.
On a visit in the morning or late afternoon, gaze across the cholla field toward the sun, which backlights the cactuses
and casts them in a soft, fuzzy glow.
are a type of succulent native to the Americas.
1 -- 3 -- color) Saguaro cactuses
create a quintessential Southwest landscape in the western portion of Saguaro National Park, above.
He already had a few cactuses
in pots, some of which were destroyed by the earthquake, so he added more.
Bernstein has cactuses
or succulents that would be suitable for virtually any landscaping project.
- which have spines or thorns growing out of regularly spaced areoles - can be barrel-shaped, tall and branching, or irregularly shaped and close to the ground.
This death-by-transplant syndrome is also a problem with Joshua trees - which are agaves, incidentally, not cactuses
- that we see throughout the Antelope Valley and Mojave Desert.
Visitors also are invited to explore the Huntington's own 12-acre Desert Garden, where more than 5,000 different species of cactuses
and succulents provide a year-round show of their own.