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The Living Desert is a zoo and botanical conservation park. We have over 450 different animals with boasting over 2,000 unique flora and fauna species within our botanical gardens. Our park showcases the unique and diverse desert animals of North America and Africa. 

The Living Desert operates from 9am-5pm October through May, and 8am-1:30pm June through September. Your ticket includes admission to the park and the opportunity to check out this list of daily programming:

9:00- 9:30 am - Giraffe Feeding
9:30 am - Animal Presentation at the Wildlife Hospital
10:00 am - Reptile show at Village Watutu
11:00-11:30 am - Giraffe Feeding
12:00 pm - Animal Presentation at the Discovery Center

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The Living Desert
Overview
Experience Palm Springs’ wilder side with admission to The Living Desert, a zoo and botanical garden that showcase desert plants and wildlife from around the world. Explore the 1200-acre (486-ha) property on hiking trails and extensive tram lines that cross ecosystems from Africa, the Americas and the Australian Outback. Watch for the park’s 450 animals as you learn how they adapt to life in earth’s most arid places, and enjoy live shows, animal feedings and family-friendly activities aimed at education and conservation.
Highlights
  • Admission to The Living Desert zoo and gardens
  • Encounter desert wildlife up close
  • Learn about Palm Springs' native plants and animals
  • Explore the park at your own pace
  • Perfect family-friendly day trip
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Put This One on Your List

The Living Desert is certainly a place that NEEDS to be visited if you are in Palm Springs. One would not expect such an incredible jewel of a zoo in the middle of what appears to be a Palm Springs neighborhood! The exhibits are first...More

Thank Rich W
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Great Display of Animals

The Living Desert is a fun place to walk around and get up close to many different animals. There is not a lot of shade so be mindful of the weather conditions. Make sure to visit the surgery center.

Thank Y6208LDvictoriab
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Kids love the birds

Nice place. You can get up close to many animals. Camel rides are popular. We couldn't get the kids out of the cage where you feed the birds. It was their favorite. Nice tram ride.

Thank gregorye43
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Off season good time

We were at the Living Desert in the off season. July 2, 2018 100+ heat but had a wonderful time due to the $7 shuttle that made the on & off for each area simple & less stressful. The drivers provided information along the way,...More

Thank Kathleen D
Reviewed 7 July 2018
Seasonal Lorikeet Exhibit

We drove out from the Inland Valley to see this amazing Lorikeet Exhibit. There is a small fee to enter this enclosure where several dozen colorful lorikeets are free-flying. You can also purchase a little cup of nectar for the birds. They will actually perch...More

Thank Joan H
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