The Living Desert is a very well managed, small theme "zoo", focused on the animals found in the world's desert regions. The animals' living situations appear well-managed and well-cared-for, and the park stresses education and conservation in everything they do.
We have visited the Living Desert virtually every year for the last 15 years, and have been impressed how the facility has grown while continuing to emphasize public education and wildlife conservation. Arrive early and read the daily program to find out when educational shows and activities will occur. Later in the season, and especially in the summer, the animals are inactive during the heat of the day -- but if you arrive early, you may be treated to cheetahs running, Mexican wolves "hunting" and more. Today, after years of visits mid-day and later, we saw more activity (including a bighorn sheep) than we've ever been treated to before (I assume because we arrived at 9:15am).
The Living Desert is an excellent local attraction for all, and particularly for families with young children.
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