The University of California Botanical Gardens, Riverside, occupies 40 acres (16.2 hectares) of bush gardens with a population of over 3,500 plant varieties worldwide. The gardens are situated in the East Foothills of Mount Box Springs at the University of California Riverside campus. More than four miles (6 kilometers) of routes run through a variety of microclimates and rolling countryside.
The UCR Botanical Garden basically consists of two sections: a common UCR campus and a 40-acre (160,000 m2) botanical garden. The site scenery area surrounding the facilities on campus shows a large diversity of plants adjusted to the dry inland areas of Southern California. The gardens were established mainly for teaching and learning activities and provide herbal materials for training sessions such as anthropology, art, biology, ecology, entomology, morphology, ornamental horticulture, plant pathology, photography and taxonomy. The gardens also supply plant research supplies and display materials for the exploration and exposure of views from all around the world.
The gardens are inhabited by 195 bird types – from kites, mallards, falcons and kestrel to quails, plovers, swallows, starlings and woodpeckers. Among the inhabitants of mammals – California land squirrels, cotton tails Audubon, kangaroos, gophers, coyotes, gray foxes, possums, pack rats, skunks and lynxes. Reptiles, including turtles, lizards of different species and snakes, from gophers to poisonous rattles, also inhabit parks. Among amphibians live bulls, western toads, salamanders and Pacific frog. Among the fish are Koi and carp.
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