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The Living Desert

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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“animal hospital” (121 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (111 reviews)
“model train” (70 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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"animal hospital"
in 121 reviews
"giraffe feeding"
in 111 reviews
"model train"
in 70 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 48 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 42 reviews
"nice zoo"
in 39 reviews
"camel ride"
in 48 reviews
"wild lights"
in 26 reviews
"cheetah run"
in 30 reviews
"discovery center"
in 27 reviews
"african village"
in 26 reviews
"natural habitat"
in 26 reviews
"all ages"
in 126 reviews
"christmas lights"
in 28 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 40 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 42 reviews
"big horn sheep"
in 36 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Put your walking shoes on and start early before the heat sets in. The Living Desert never fails us and is a great place to spend a half day while in the PSP area. Well run, well supported by the community so it's a thriving...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best visit here in late spring. Lots of babies were present and so cute. My friend and I rode the merry go round like we were kids again. We went to the animal hospital for a tour and had the best docent...More

Thank ginahicks921
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply amazing and it helps the animals and zoo. Up close and personal behind the scenes with the animals and keepers. 3rd one we've done. Heard lions and rhinos are coming in 2020.....NICE....Great staff, very accommodating and knowledgeable. A very good time

Thank David M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You will definitely learn something if you go here. It is fun and educational. Best to visit during the cool season.

Thank hoffr02
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous for all plant and animal lovers!! All ages will enjoy. The attraction is mainly outside, so best to go when it is not too hot. Wear comfortable shoes. You can stroll around the park, hike over Eisenhower Mountain (closed in Sumer), or ride around...More

Thank RitaPtravel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely to walk the grounds, but if you can't walk that far, there is a nice little tram to use. Be sure to check your brochure upon entry to see what events are taking place that day. If it is hot, go in the morning...More

Thank Nancy B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction has been carefully maintained but in Summer is very important to choose the proper timing to visit it. We recommend early morning to avoid the animals be sleeping or protecting themselves from the intense heat. The Zoo has available a Shuttle Hop On...More

Thank epin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE BEST ZOO EVER! We had so much fun, it was so empty and the workers/volunteers were SO friendly! Will definitely be back.

Thank sherriesara
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have 2 areas Africa and North America. Lots to see and the animals are all really close for viewing. For $7 you can feed carrots to a giraffe. That was so much fun!! Unfortunately due to the extreme heat we could only last an...More

Thank Batistat
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bunlady
November 20, 2017|
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Response from janie210 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. .They also have light weight senior assist chairs. There is a lot of walking and the paths are paved and wide.
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PattyAnn45
March 27, 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
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Judith P
March 20, 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes, we have adult push-carts available free of charge, but we ask for a small donation. The push-carts are at a first-come first-serve basis.
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