When you arrive at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, you are greeted by The Desert Ark, a 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII Wagon. A museum staff member happened to drive up in a cart while we were admiring the car. As it turned out, he was to person who restored it for the museum. He gave us a brief, but informative history of the museum and the car. The sign in the back of the wagon reads:
For more than 30 years, a man named Hal Gras drove numerous station wagons known as “The Desert Art” to schools, events, etc. He would carry a variety of animals, including badgers, porcupines, snakes, ringtail cats, among others, and sometimes even a mountain lion, George L., bringing a little piece of the desert to all.