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The Living Desert

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a non-profit zoo and desert botanical garden located in Palm Desert, Riverside … See more



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Jan 23, 2023
This is an excellent zoo. It is very walkable with few inclines. You don't have to go up or down stairs for anything other than the giraffes. The train exhibit is absolutely amazing. I have never se… Full review by Go2theZoo
Jan 22, 2023
Have been visiting Coachella Valley for over 30 years and have been impressed with the growth, development and expansion of this one of a kind animal exhibition over the years. Well managed, informat… Full review by D-Squared2020
Jan 14, 2023
We are Zoo people, and have visited Zoos in many spots, as well as overseas. AZA accredited Zoos are the best, and sometimes have gems that many don't know about. This Zoo has on the grounds some rea… Full review by ochssk


Part-Zoo, Part-Garden
The Living Desert is part-zoo and part-botanical garden, all in the extraordinary setting of a desert. Along with animals like mountain lions, bighorn sheep and meerkats, there are a handful of gardens that showcase more than 1,400 species of plants, including multiple varieties of cacti, prickly pear and agave. Past visitors enjoyed seeing The Living Desert's animals but recommended arriving early, since the park offers little shade and temperatures often rise above 100 degrees. Many also suggested paying an extra $5 to feed the giraffes, and if you're traveling with little ones or don't want to walk between exhibits, consider purchasing a ticket for the property's hop-on, hop-off shuttle. Passes cost $6 for adults and $3 for children between 3 and 12. From October 1 to May 31, The Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer the attraction is open every day between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. General admission is $19.95, but discounted rates are available for seniors and kids ages 3 to 12. Camel rides are also offered select months for $6 per person. Park tickets can be purchased on the property's website, but some extras cannot be booked in advance. In addition to the attraction's exhibits and gardens, you'll find a free parking lot, two gift shops, restrooms, a model train set, the interactive Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center, a seasonal carousel and two eateries. The Living Desert is located about 17 miles southeast of Palm Springs in the adjacent city of Palm Desert.
Desert Conservation Through Preservation
The Living Desert is a 1200 acre facility that specializes in the plants and animals found throughout the deserts of the world. Many exotic and endangered species can be seen in natural surroundings. MissionDesert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.The Living Desert is a 1200 acre facility that specializes in the plants and animals found throughout the deserts of the world. Many exotic and endangered species can be seen in natural surroundings such as bighorn sheep, oryx, cheetahs, wolves, striped hyenas, thick-billed parrots, leopards and golden eagles. The botanical gardens represent over 1500 species, indigenous to the arid areas of North America and Africa. A state-of-the-art wildlife hospital allows visitors to interact with the staff while procedures are being performed on animals. A children's discovery center and desert play park, live animal shows, endangered species carousel, G-scale garden railroad, and many other features can be found in this unique zoo which sits in the middle of the Coachella Valley, just 15 miles east of Palm Springs.For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Even as we take immense pride in our accomplishments over the last forty years, we remain as dedicated as ever to the goals that initially inspired us when we first began operations in March of 1970.


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