After a short drive (NOT) from Anaheim, we decided to visit this zoo. Hubby wanted to go to the desert, me to a zoo so this killed 2 birds. 80miles from Anaheim, we arrived at this oasis.
We went on US Election Day.
The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem.
Worth the trip!
Great model train display (think its the longest wooden scale trestle one in the world) is great even if youre not into trains. I can see the attraction why so many oldies are into them as you can keep adding and make your own world.
Has a wildlife hospital (hubby swears the guy who did the tour is Kirk Douglas......no its not! Speaks like him though). Observe medical procedures and examinations taking place in the Small & Large Animal Treatment Rooms. Learn more about what is required to care for The Living Desert's extensive animal collection.
New butterfly & hummingbird house. Sweet little hummingbirds fly all around you, hard to get a photo of them BUT its fun trying.
Theres the Discovery Room, where visitors of all ages can examine, touch, compare and sleuth out many of the interesting things about deserts. Fun even for the big kids!
Theres also a path that you can take that takes you into the desert where you can go to an observation deck & from here, you can see the San Andreas Fault. Very cool
Well worth the trip. Quite a warm day & it was November so itd be hot as in summer.
Its gorgeous! And a bargain too at $12.50 (which goes back in to support the zoo)
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