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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“animal hospital” (122 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (110 reviews)
“model train” (72 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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"animal hospital"
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"giraffe feeding"
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"model train"
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"animal exhibits"
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"camel ride"
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"wild lights"
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"cheetah run"
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"discovery center"
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"african village"
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"all ages"
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"natural habitat"
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"christmas lights"
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"great place to visit"
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"hiking trails"
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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful experience for all, from the highly engaged staff through to the wide range of animals (those that crawled, slithered, ran...) We had the 4 and 7 year old in tow, we loved the fact that they could touch the animals, think Black...More

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

My spouse, sister and I decided to go on Christmas Eve to see the light display and also because we knew they would have camel rides. We did the camel ride first and it was a blast, though I wish it had been a little...More

Thank Ellyn T
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Here is something to do when visiting this area. You can visit this place probably several times and see something different. Many exotic animals, some I have never seen before. Lots of walking but well kept paths. Lots to read, lots to see. A couple...More

Thank Karen O
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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi Karen, thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert. We’re so glad you have found many different things that interest you with each and every visit. Also, thank you for addressing your concern with our Discovery Center. We...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

we always bring our guest to living Desert and we all enjoy it and good exercise walking an learning

Thank chefsuzy2017
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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi there! Thank you so much for your continued support of The Living Desert with each of your visits. We are honored to be chosen as the destination for you and your guests!

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We hiked up the San Jacinto Mountains via the entrance through the Living Desert. I would recommend it for experienced hikers, worth the 2 1/2 hr hike, take water and snacks. Well worth the views from the top of the mountain!More

Thank george s
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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi George! The Eisenhower Trail located here at The Living Desert is definitely home to some of the desert’s most amazing views! Thank you for taking the time to hike our trails. We were even voted "Best of the Valley" for our hiking trail! Also...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a zoo and a desert botanical garden in one. Kids will have a great time seeing the animals, and the incredible model train display. The garden is a delight to tour. It's really not necessary to buy the tram ticket, as the grounds...More

Thank vetism
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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to walk around our facility and appreciate both sides of The Living Desert. We do our best to make our pathways as accessible to all of our guests to ensure a better experience overall. Also, we’re glad...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This tour can be enjoyed by walking or riding in the tram. You can stay on the tram for a 15 minute trip through the living desert or get off and on at designated "shuttle" stops. There are live presentations such as the cheetah run....More

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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review of The Living Desert. We also agree that the Cheetah Run is a must see when visiting our park, it truly is a vision that stays with you for years to...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

I've been going to the PS area for 20+ years and this is my first trip to the Living Desert. I'm happy that I went as it was a unique zoo experience. It was quite expensive for admission, especially given the extraordinary number of sponsors....More

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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi Lynda, thank you for the feedback on our nameplates and advertising. As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on our generous donors who contribute to The Living Desert. Our plaques around the park are just a small way of us showing our appreciation. Just...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Living Zoo and Gardens is not to be missed adventures. Grounds well kept, plants nicely labeled. Don't miss the trail leading to the mountain from back of Gardens. Great for while family.

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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A wonderful little zoo in a beautiful location. It's easy to navigate and offers lots of opportunities to see the animals. Be sure to check out the giraffe feedings! There is a great play area for younger kids and a petting zoo. This is a...More

Thank JenMarie22
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TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Hi Jen! Thank you for taking the time to write about our park in a unique location. Most people are surprised to find a zoo in the middle of the desert until they realize the desert is home to a various amount of species. Here...More

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bunlady
21 November 2017|
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Response from janie210 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. .They also have light weight senior assist chairs. There is a lot of walking and the paths are paved and wide.
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PattyAnn45
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
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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