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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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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed December 14, 2015

We enjoyed an excellent visit to the Living Desert in Palm Desert California. The walking (or shuttle if you prefer) tour through the grounds with exhibits and gardens and animals of North America and Africa was interesting and enjoyable. There are plants and trees from...More

Thank SnowbirdOntario
Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We recently moved to the desert and were told to check out this zoo. It's really nice and well laid out, if you have small kids definitely recommend a stroller. Lots of walking is required to get around but the desert scenery is pretty cool...More

Thank Shaun M
Reviewed December 12, 2015

The various garden exhibits and variety of animals on display provide an ample supply of visual excitement to entice anyone of any age. Easy flat walking, though it may be long for some. In that case spend the $6 for an all day shuttle pass....More

Thank m44
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and we may have learned a few things... But exhibit info is 20 years old if not older. Would appreciate an update.

Thank MJB35
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful zoo with lots of interesting animals and plants. Facility is spread out over a large area so there's lots of walking involved but there's also a shuttle to take you around if you're willing to pay a little. Lot's of helpful volunteers. There's also...More

Thank J0hnMargaret
Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

First, go to Costco and buy tickets. It makes it almost 2 for 1 for adults. Second, we had mixed feelings. We loved the zoo and model trains. The giraffes were great as were the big cats. Kids area was nice too. But they were...More

1  Thank mountainpete
Reviewed December 10, 2015

I went when it wasn't too hot and it wasn't cold. The weather was gorgeous. There are 2 main areas - Africa and America. There are animals and plants from those areas. I was a little disappointed that the American plants and animals were mostly...More

1  Thank Judy Y
Reviewed December 10, 2015

We had read there was a great hike around Mt. Eisenhower, but you had to pay to get onto the zoo property to access the trail head... so we did. We weren't disappointed. The hike was best we have done yet in the valley. 5...More

Thank imdrbob
Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

See the desert up close and see awesome animals in a natural setting. You'll experience Africa and North America. You'll see a great deal of unique fauna. Take a good camera for terrific shots. Super impressed with the very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. For $6...More

Thank Joe L
Reviewed December 6, 2015

I love to hike and this was a good place to learn about the Sonoran desert critters and plants I might come across out in the hills. Many of the unwatered cactus and plants were barely holding on to life and looked 75% dead but...More

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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