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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
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2windsurfandski wrote a review Oct 24
159 contributions134 helpful votes
We didn't have high expectations of this place but were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed seeing all of the animals. The grounds seemed well maintained and the animals seemed well cared for. Our favorite place in the zoo was a thick stand of palms near the entrance/exit. It was a quiet oasis hidden just off the beaten path away from the screaming kids. It was a peaceful and relaxing place to spend time before we left the zoo.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sounds like you found our Palm Garden! Glad you had a nice and relaxing time while visiting.
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mgs1627 wrote a review Oct 20
Chicago, Illinois589 contributions145 helpful votes
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We visited this place in October 2020. Due to Covid-19, they are limiting the amount of people in the park. Go to their website to purchase tickets for particular time slots. Due to the high temperatures in Palm Springs, we went at 8:00am when they open. The animals appeared to be more active in the morning with cooler temperature. We spent about 4 hours there and by the time we left it was hot and the animals were not as active. Beside seeing the animals there are some hiking trails ranging from easy too difficult. There is also an expansive model train exhibit. It was fun to watch all the different types of train going there miniature towns.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Cooler temps are up ahead! We hope you make it back to enjoy the Zoo again soon. Thank you for the amazing review that covers all the things you can do.
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Lillian D wrote a review Oct 15
Wylie, Texas176 contributions31 helpful votes
There is some construction going on but we enjoyed visiting this place. Took some great photos of animals and plants. Lots of places to sit and lot of shade trees to get out of the heat for a bit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from May R, Manager at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Hi Lillian! Thanks for being patient with our construction. We promise it will all be worth it! New habitats with new animals including rhinos are coming next fall!
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SunshineTraveler wrote a review Oct 7
Mesquite, Nevada172 contributions5 helpful votes
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A beautiful conservation zoo with lots of unique animals. Loved the opportunity to feed the giraffe’s for $7. Such gentle, beautiful, giants. Ran out of time to get the hikes in on the property.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Glad you made it out to feed the giraffes. It truly is a unique experience!
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Braceless45 wrote a review Oct 5
Santa Barbara, California94 contributions45 helpful votes
We enjoyed a morning at The Living Desert Zoo with our sons (both under 4 years). COVID protocols require masks for anyone over 3. We visited on a quiet Monday morning and didn’t have problems managing social distance from other visitors. I don’t know how people appreciate this space when the temps are so high during the summer months. Even the 80-degree morning was tough on our little guys. You’ll find a little shade approaching the jaguar but otherwise the zoo is hot with little respite. I found the provided map, signage, and pathways to be difficult to navigate. The zoo is also undergoing a lot of construction. I was hoping for the most efficient route to visit all the animals before my kids overheated. We circled around quite a bit. I can understand now why other people recommend the VIP tours which use vehicles to reduce your walking. My preschooler wanted to watch the heavy machinery more than the animals! Because of the construction, a lot of animals are off exhibit. You may consider calling ahead if there is an animal you are particularly interested in seeing. All that aside, the animal exhibits are spacious and attractive. The zoo has utilized the natural landscape of the area to their advantage. It was a bigger zoo than we expected. The zoo was also populated with a large number of friendly and helpful volunteers. Would recommend a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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