Surviving the desert at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park in California. (Courtesy of NPS)

Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park in California. (Courtesy of NPS)

The desert is hot, dry and deadly. But plenty of plants and animals thrive there. How do they do it? We’ll learn the tricks trees, bats and roadrunners use to make it in Joshua Tree National Park in California.

49 Palms Oasis at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

49 Palms Oasis at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

Roadrunner at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

Roadrunner at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

California leaf-nosed bat at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

California leaf-nosed bat at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

Desert tortoise at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

Desert tortoise at Joshua Tree National Park. (Courtesy of NPS)

Park Ranger Kristen Lalumiere at Joshua Tree National Park. (Sanden Totten | Brains On)

Park Ranger Kristen Lalumiere at Joshua Tree National Park. (Sanden Totten | Brains On)