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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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US$ 169.00*
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Palm Springs and Outlet Shopping Day Trip from Los Angeles
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The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
  • Excellent65%
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This wonderful place appeals to kids and adults alike. In fact, you won't want to leave! There is so much to see and do here, and the interaction with a variety of animals throughout the park and gardens is something kids will truly love. The...More

Thank WheelsOnFire
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there! Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of The Living Desert! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit with your family, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! Have you heard about our summer membership promotion? The whole family can...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Casual atmosphere for walking and enjoying an aray of animals and relaxing desertscape...great for all ages!

Thank Joleen W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I visited in mid-June 2017 and we spent the morning walking around the grounds. There were so many animals to see, but many of them were asleep (likely due to the hot temperatures). There is a giraffe-feeding activity you can partake in...More

Thank ebw1481
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert! Only the strong are able to bear the desert in the summer but with the help of the shuttles and our misters, fun can be had by all! We’re...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent 3 hrs. there and saw everything. My wife is a nurse and not so jokingly said their OR is nicer than some hospitals. This is a great experience for everyone who loves animals.

Thank David T
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi David! WOW, what a compliment to our state of the art Animal Hospital! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit and we hope to see you guys soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do if you're in Palm Desert. This group has done an amazing job bringing together two different types of desert ecosystems. Even the gardens are incredible so don't miss them by spending too much time with the animals. If you have...More

Thank Khakijo
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert! When most people think about is, they mainly are attracted to the animals, but our gardens are as therapeutic and enjoyable as well! With the combination of our animals...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really well done facility - interesting for all ages. The best way to experience it is with a private tour with one of the very knowledgeable guides. No matter how you see it, on your own or with a guide, it is well worth...More

1  Thank Joni W
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Joni, thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert! A private tour is the perfect way to get to know our grounds, especially for first-time visitors! Have you heard about our summer chill tour package? Now through the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I not much of a zoo person, but my partner & I thought we'd venture over here as it was close to where we were staying. I was impressed at the collection of animals & they look well cared for. It's not your typical zoo...More

Thank Janet G
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Janet, thank you for taking the time to visit The Living Desert despite your preconceived feelings about zoos in general. The truth is, not all zoos are alike, and while we can’t speak for others, we can speak for ourselves. Here at The Living...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the year of the cheetah at The Living Desert. Since it is now June the summer hours are in effect. Open is at 8 am. Get there at 8 or soon after. For $5 extra you can feed a giraffe. See the schedule...More

2  Thank Mike71553
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there Mike! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert! With the beginning of summer we have already seen record high temperatures! The earlier you can come in, the better! We are glad to hear you enjoyed a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Living Desert was a pleasant experience. The zoo is very well laid out, staff are very friendly and we were there at feeding time for the cheetas - fun! Food is very limited

1  Thank Christine T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I could not get over how many varieties of desert plants there were to see here! The zoo is broken up in to the North American and African Deserts and there is a garden according to each desert! It was amazing! There are also a...More

1  Thank kelly b
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Kelly! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to The Living Desert! We are glad you enjoyed both our animals and the gardens here! One can also enjoy some of the best views of the Coachella Valley...More

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PattyAnn45
Are butterflies open in March?
27 March 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
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Judith P
are wheelchairs available for rental
21 March 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.
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Artjag
ow do we get there from Cathederal City..by car
3 February 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
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