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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
from $19.95*
Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
from $19.95*
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“animal hospital”(121 reviews)
“giraffe feeding”(111 reviews)
“model train”(70 reviews)
The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to spend an afternoon or a whole day. Fun place to let the kids runaround and learn at the same time. You must go at Christmas time when it's lite up at night with thousands of lights. Just beautiful and really puts you...More

Thank Pam G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I’m not a big zoo fan but this place is amazing. There is a ton of stuff to see and my favourite were the giraffes. Pathways guide you through the park and the exhibits. Don’t miss the fantastic train display in the centre. I have...More

Thank Lyn P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were invited to go but didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness, nice exhibits and a chance to feed giraffes! You won't be disappointed with The Living Desert!

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very different Zoo and Gardens. See the Giraffe walking in such a large open space was wonderful. You can have your picture taken with a Giraffe. The Petting Zoo is a must for the children. If you have time pay for a...More

Thank Patti O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Especially you city-dwellers; this is the place to experience what the USA desert in America's Southwest is all about. You are in for a treat! So respectful of the plants, animals, and eco environment of the desert. Yet does an outstanding job of making accessible...More

Thank Lite T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great gardens and zoo, loved feeding the giraffes. At different times of the day, they allow guests to feed the animals under zoo supervision (of course)! If visiting during warm weather months, go early before it gets too hot!

Thank swisscandy2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the Living Desert years ago they have added many new features like feeding the giraffes and in Nov they start Camel Rides. Take the private tour with your own Guide and shuttle. The Cougars were so beautiful and of course the beautiful...More

Thank CaPaki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the first part of our day at the living zoo. We arrived first thing in the morning before most other people were there. This meant that we got to talk with more of the staff and visit with the giraffes before the feeding...More

1  Thank Tambroo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has the best in Conservation and education of desert plant life from various deserts around the world. The wild animals are all desert based animals from around the globe.

Thank 1finedayxxx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are into vegetation and other plants, this is a good place to go. It is fairly close and would be a tour I would do when the temperature is comfortable enough to be outdoors.

Thank Dawn S
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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.
March 27, 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
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.