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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Ranked #3 of 26 Attractions in Palm Desert
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Deserts, Gardens, Parks, Natural History Museums, Zoos
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

An interesting zoo in the desert. Lots of wildlife exhibits and the staff were very knowledgable and friendly. Our favorite exhibit was the meerkats and we learned so many interesting facts about these amazing creatures. If you go in the summer, go early in the morning. Look in the free Desert Guide magazines for coupons.

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Palm Springs, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you like seeing animals in cages or trapped or owned and controlled by humans then go to a zoo. If you are vegan which means you really LOVE animals, would not eat them or see them in an enclosure for human entertainment and for the greed of people making money off of them, then a zoo is not for... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
50 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We aren't typical "zoo-goers", but we'd heard this place was worth visiting while in the area. It's a combination of several attractions - animal enclosures, other slightly less enclosed animal areas, flowers and plant life, and some other miscellaneous things like a large model railway. The plant areas are pleasant enough, and we saw some beautiful hummingbirds (flying freely, not... More

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242 reviews 242 reviews
90 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Surprisingly, this little zoo had a massive model train set, which was really cool. I spent a lot of time walking around looking at all the details and watching the trains. It was truly a labor of love for some train enthusiasts. You could tell they spend a huge amount of time creating and maintaining it. The train set was... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is the prototypical pseudo-zoo where there's a few animals that fit the montage of the zoo, but it's not the full-fledged zoo you'll find in other places. They have a few neat things tailored to little kids, but it's a zoo in a desert. It's not like this is going to be the best zoo you've ever visited. They're... More

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Bermuda Dunes, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This wonderful place is always magical in December. The animals, the trains and, of course, the lights! So many lights too. The trains are around year round and difficult not to marvel at. There's always something new to spot.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

An interesting zoo in the desert. Lots of wildlife exhibits, it also has hiking trails for the more adventurous. Worth an afternoon, especially if you have kids.

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Surrey, UK
14 reviews 14 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Giraffes not on show the day we went, yet no reduction in entrance fee. Understandably most of the animals were hidden away asleep due to the august heat (even at 830 am). We braved the high temps to walk around looking at empty animal habitats. We were most pleased to find the shuttle bus 2/3 of the way round as... More

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Naples, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a very enjoyable and educational time at our visit to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. It really put our desert vacation in the right perspective as far as the plants and wildlife that are in a desert - not only this area but from other deserts around the world. The staff were very approachable and knowledgeable. The... More

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Redmond, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We brought our two toddlers here in August and the temp was right around 100. Many of the displays were empty, not sure why. The goats were a big hit with us. The one overwhelming positive was the staff. Everyone very friendly and eager to inform and help.

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