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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

#1 of 58 things to do in Palm Desert Features Animals
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
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  • Average7%
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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed February 15, 2016

The Living Desert is worth the price of admission -- save a few dollars and buy your tickets at the Palm Springs Visitor Center. The cactus gardens are amazing. You can do a lot of walking (or buy the cart lift which is like a...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed February 14, 2016

Tucked away in the southern corner of Palm Desert surrounded by a mountain backdrop is a Living legacy of desert life, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Extending out over 1080 + acres dwells a living testament of an American wild life, botanical, hiking preserve....More

Thank 858marca
Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Was free first of the month for bank of america members so we thought to check it out. Was wowed by the size and loved the fact you see the zoo animals in true habitation. No fake rocks or sets to make it look jungle...More

1  Thank daniam50
Reviewed February 12, 2016

We visited this garden/zoo during our first trip here 7 years ago, and returned to see the baby giraffe. We did not enjoy this tour as much as our last. We were the ONLY two visitors to show up for the tour, given by garden...More

Thank B T
Reviewed February 11, 2016

So many cactus and unusual animals in natural displays. Enjoyed the morning hike through the desert area. There are nice paths throughout the entire park. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Toni H
Reviewed February 10, 2016

The many displays of desert plants and communities are very interesting and well set out in natural walkways. The ethnobotanical display highlighting local aboriginal tribes was particularly interesting. We enjoyed the tour of the animal hospital with a knowledgeable volunteer guide. The indoor display houses...More

1  Thank Rick W
Reviewed February 10, 2016

This place was great. We got there about 1 pm and only had time for the African side so if you want to see everything, I'd recommend arriving earlier. Some of our favorites were the model train layout (it's huge!), the petting zoo, the prairie...More

Thank smkozlow
Reviewed February 10, 2016

My husband and I visited the Living Desert and were very impressed on how they had incorporated the natural landscape to enhance the setting. We loved the miniature train and the camel ride. Everyone was helpful and the grounds were clean.

Thank 468alicek
Reviewed February 10, 2016

This Zoo and Gardens are very pleasant, and one of the better things to see in the Palm Springs area. The landscaping is well done to show off the various desert plants and makes for nice scenery to stroll through to see the animals. It...More

Thank cgs5555
Reviewed February 10, 2016

Nice to walk around in more natural setting and to see animals and plant life that are indigenous to the region. The staff and volunteer docents are very friendly and informative. We had a great visit.

Thank Marti S
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Are butterflies open in March?
March 27, 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
Judith P
are wheelchairs available for rental
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.
ow do we get there from Cathederal City..by car
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