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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert...

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.

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US$ 19.95*
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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US$ 169.00*
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Such a treat! Don't miss the butterflies!

We debated on going here but so glad we did. The butterflies were so magical to watch...and beautiful. Pay the few extra bucks to see them. We stayed in their home about 30-40... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2016
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Selah, Washington
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Selah, Washington
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

We debated on going here but so glad we did. The butterflies were so magical to watch...and beautiful. Pay the few extra bucks to see them. We stayed in their home about 30-40 minutes just watching them. If you're lucky, they'll even land on you. My next favorite was the giraffes; including their new baby. The miniature train town is... More 

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Washington
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

For newbys to the desert, this is a first time must! Docents will add to your experience although you can go it on your own and do the walking rather than use provided transportation.

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Naperville, Illinois
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61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

What a great experience I had today at the Living Desert Zoo. Nice volunteers to help guide you to the attractions (animals) you want to see. The animals are closer than a lot of other zoos I have visited in and out of country. A very natural habitat for the giraffes with so many acres to roam and mountains for... More 

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

We have visited this place several times as a family. We are visitors from the UK so I'm always impressed by the place's setting and the weather we usually experience there. I love the dessert setting of this place and it always feels quite homely because it never seems to be too busy. The variation in animals present is vast.... More 

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Thank Audi_Chris
Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Between the botanic garden elements, which were the big draw for me, and the smaller but nicely varied zoo areas, this was a great way to see how different the deserts of North America and around the world are in their flora and fauna. Lots of things to see for kids and grownups, and a nice change of pace from... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Nice zoo set up to display all the desert has both in terms of plants and animals. Plenty of gravel trails make it feel even more authentic.

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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Very nice zoo and gardens. There is SO much space, you never feel claustrophobic even though it got crowded later in our visit. The animals on exhibit are adapted to desert life from many different countries and seem quite content here. Very good signage and descriptions of the animals and wildlife.

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Portland, Oregon
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176 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Exhibits are wonderful and so are the many volunteers, but this place costs a lot to run and it is not afraid to pass on costs to visitors! You can buy discounted entry tickets at the Palm Desert Costco--good to know! Everything except walking around costs more. Want to feed a giraffe? $5 for 4 carrots for one child. Get... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to see desert plants and local wildlife. We particularly enjoyed seeing the bighorn sheep. The bird exhibit is excellent. First time we have seen live roadrunners up close. We now understand the Roadrunner cartoon character. They do seem to have quirky personalities. I thought it was a little expensive: $16.95ea for seniors. And the tram... More 

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

I wasn't quite sure what to expect being in Palm Springs but this place did not disappoint. It had all kinds of animals native to North America and Africa. The butterfly pavilion was the best. Blue Morpho butterflies everywhere, plus many other species. We saw many different animals, including giraffes, big cats, badgers and many more. We paid for the... More 

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