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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%
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“animal hospital” (115 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (96 reviews)
“model train” (67 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great time of year to visit. Go in the afternoon during the day before sunset to see the animals and stay for the Wildlights. The display of lights after sunset is magnificent. The Living Desert is very crowded this time of year...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 4 days ago

So much to see and experience. Be sure to allow several hours to explore. The docents are friendly and full of information - so be sure to ask questions about the animals and plants. New construction, projected to be finished in 2020 - will have...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited the Living Desert somewhere in my past, but I don't recall any animals. I recall this as being a plant museum but the combination of plants and animals is fantastic. We live in San Diego, so inevitably we were comparing this with...More

Thank striderforth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the Living Zoo for the Christmas lights, little disappointing, there certainly are a lot of lights but not the greatest presentation, some looked like they were just thrown on trees. Would be ok for kids I suppose but I did not think it...More

Thank pgerardi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we didn’t have an opportunity to ride the camels, that will be next on my visit! So enjoyable taking our Grandson to this special place where he actually feed the Giraffe...cool thing was to see her baby next to her (great photo op!) Festive...More

Thank Yadida B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our morning at the Living Desert. We joined in with a docent on a walk about, and he added some very interesting aspects for our visit. The Living Desert has a lot to see covering the America’s and Africa. We enjoyed it and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on our limited visit we would certainly return to enjoy the entire zoo. Excellent staff and a very professional setup for kids to enjoy the lights etc.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the zoo, and the train at the end!! Amazing! It took us about 2 1/2 hrs to walk around, enjoyable

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Indio, we decided to take in the Wildlights! What a fabulous display of Christmas lights!! There were some animals out and about but it was dark, past their bedtime.😉 We lived the display of lights and just walking around the Zoo while dark...More

Thank Storm2640
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not large but nice place to visit. Good look at the animals. Easy walk. The giraffes were awesome. Be sure and get there to help feed them

Thank Dwane R
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20 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.
27 March 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
Judith P
20 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.