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“Zoo with desert animals!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260
+1 760-346-5694
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Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Palm Desert
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Owner description: The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Valley Stream
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“Zoo with desert animals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The Living Desert is very interesting. During the summer months I suggest going as soon as they open up, before it gets too hot and the animals go hiding from the heat. The Living Desert is large but easly walkable without missing an exhibition. Once it gets too hot, you can visit the hospital and another indoor exhibit. They also have a train with various stops where you can hop on and hop off if walking becomes too much. If not mistaken $ 6.00 per person for full day.
Because of the heat they close at 1:00 PM in the summer months.

Visited July 2013
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Northridge, Ca
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“Feed a Giraffe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This zoo was awesome. It was hot so most of the animals were hiding but we saw plenty and got to feed the giraffes. A pronghorn seemed to love my husband and followed him as we walked along the enclosure. We got to see a beautiful jaguar baby ringtails being feed at the hospital and so many awesome desert plants. The staff was friendly and it was just a great way to spend a morning. Can't wait to go back

Visited August 2013
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New London, Connecticut
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“An oasis in the desert?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We are not normally "zoo people" per se, but this place has a lot more than animals and something for all the family. Perhaps what was just as interesting if not more was the plethora of flora areas. Then, there was the huge surprise of coming across a large, magnificent model railway exhibit. It can get very hot, but so can everywhere for miles around!

Visited March 2013
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Palm Desert
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“Family Fun in the Desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Living Desert is a great place to go with the family. There is interesting exhibit areas where you can watch different animals and great animal shows to see. If you are in the desert during December, you should go to the Living Desert at night. Everything is lit up like a Christmas fairy land.
I try to go there every December. It so beautiful. But remember even if you're in the desert, it's cold at night in December. Wear a warm coat.

Visited December 2012
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Palm Desert, California
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“Living Desert is amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

As a local of Palm Desert, I have been a member for many years, beginning when my 15 year old daughter was born. The park continues to evolve and add attractions, yet it stays true to its theme of teaching desert ecology. I've been to the desert parks in Tuscon and Las Vegas and this one is better. The train exhibit makes a nice addition, especially for little boys. If you attend after April through October, come when they open before it gets too hot. After Halloween the weather is fine all day.

Visited February 2013
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