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“The Unzoo Zoo”

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
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$19.95*
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Reviewed December 26, 2011

This is not your mom and dad's zoo. This is a global desert experience. Taking the desert latitude around the world as a source, The Living Desert matches geography and mammals and birds in settings which will leave you highly impressed as well as probably exhausted. African village, Bighorn sheep, multiple length hiking trails, giraffes, animal hospital, all are there for exploring by young and old. Throw in an improbable gigantic train set (don't ask me why} and you have a "must" experience if you are coming anywhere near Palm Springs or the Coachella Valley. Don't try to do it in less then half a day and wear your walking shoes although you can take a tram around the property.

Thank Bighorndon
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"camel ride"
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"african village"
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"all ages"
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"cheetah run"
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"natural habitat"
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"christmas lights"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed December 25, 2011

I barely saw anything! You can save alittle bit of money by showing your AAA card or pay $11 if you pre-pay at Palm Springs Tourist Center.

Thank dengelbery
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

Great botanical desert garden & zoo all in one; informative employees; check out garden center to purchase plants

Thank margenus
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

It was great fun to feed the giraffe—only got slimed just a little :). The leopards were lounging spread-eagled right next to the glass—it’s terrific and unusual to see big cats so relaxed, not pacing or hiding. Also enjoyed the beautiful Mexican wolves and the aviaries (some walk-in). Approximately half the zoo is African and half desert animals. The grounds are beautifully kept, with many small botanical garden specialty areas. We took the mile-long nature walk which includes a look at the San Andreas fault across the valley (binoculars were helpful).

There’s also a large, whimsical model train exhibit that kids of all ages will enjoy. We especially liked the re-creation of El Tovar at the Grand Canyon, and the many elaborately-wrought bridges.

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

Surprisingly , they had pretty good Holiday Lights. It was a fun activity for the family!

Thank AquaV
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