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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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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” (111 reviews)
“camel rides” (76 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (92 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely place for people of all ages. Children and seniors can enjoy the ambiance and animals in their natural habitat.

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time that we spent the afternoon at the zoo and gardens and although we saw some animals, most were sleeping or hiding from the sun so we did not see much (to nobody's fault). However, we noticed that the prices are too expensive. $20...More

Thank Martinerob13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time at the living Zoo. Loved it. Watching the Cheetahs run was wonderful. Many of the animals were active which is great to see. I like that they have a shuttle that goes around the park as I am challenged to walk long distances....More

Thank Susan Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this zoo! I love that it's desert-themed, since it is in the desert. Depending on time of year, you can ride a camel. Lorikeets land on your shoulder. You can feed giraffes up close and personal. And this year we went to the...More

Thank mare1126
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Air Museum, and the cable car trip up Mt. Jacinto Park are also 'must do's', but this place is so unique. The living desert is worth the visit but having a zoo there as well is the...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in November and it was the perfect temp to wander around. My kids loved the Wildlife Wonder show and the animal meet and greets. They also got a kick out of the camel rides and the giraffe feedings. The place is large and...More

Thank mainlinenewb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travel to Palm Springs twice a year and look forward to visiting the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert 2-3 times during our stay. A beautiful 1,200 acre desert park setting with easy paved walking paths and even trams for easy transportation....More

Thank fly24fun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the site on Halloween so there were lots of decorations. The Zoo is divided into two areas, North America and Africa with plants and animals in each. I found the African section particularly interesting since the desert setting seemed more natural for the...More

Thank kesho50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting family in the area, we made our way to the Living Desert Zoo and I must say it was a highlight of our trip. We got there when it opened and felt as if we had the place to ourselves. The staff/volunteers were very...More

Thank bbaustin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Roshan was excellent in helping me set up our tour which started with a meeting with giraffe handler and private pictures and feeding of the amazing giraffes. Dave was our tour guide and private tram driver he knows everything about the zoo , animals and...More

Thank S P
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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.
February 2, 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Hop on HWY 111 and go South East. Stay on 111 for about 6 miles and then make a right onto Portola. We are on Portola on your left hand side 47900 Portola Ave in Palm Desert