The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert: Hours, Address, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
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CaliGirl510
Alameda, CA188 contributions
Highlight of our Trip
Nov. 2021
We visited the Living Desert last time we were in town and 6 months later the kids still "do you remember..." about it. Decided to come again this visit and we weren't disappointed. We made the tactical error of visiting the day before Thanksgiving (crowds) and arriving at 10:30 (more crowds) than our targeted 9 am. This meant the line to feed the giraffes by hand was ~ 1 hour, which the kids gracefully bowed out of as they have done before and we wanted to see more animals in our available time.

We were thrilled to see animals that were hiding last visit - the Cheetahs took a tour of their enclosure (which would have been missed if we had waited to feed the giraffes), the Fennick Fox (granted, was snuggled in, but you could see those gorgeous ears), the Big Horn Sheep (being fed, coincidentally), and the Rhino enclosure was open. As the day wore on, numbers increased, so there was a bit of a queue to enter the Wallaby world, but people were mostly good with spacing.

Such a lovely visit to a truly wonderful place, the kids are already planning their return!
Written November 24, 2021
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Gayle B
Damascus, OH55 contributions
For anyone with walking difficulties
Nov. 2021 • Friends
The downside on arrival this trip was the lack of Tran service around the park.

I have visited in the past where the narrated transportation took you around the park with many stops and opportunities to see everything.

In the most recent year experienced neck surgeries so found it extremely difficult to navigate the park, missing many lovely areas and wildlife.

Eventually I found out you could pay extra for guided golf cart tours, which were already booked up for the day.

I would highly suggest if you experience difficulty walking inclines to reserve an “adult cart” or guided tour.
Written November 20, 2021
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Terri Dorow
Granite Bay, CA44 contributions
Out of Africa
Nov. 2021
Well done, many African species and some darling Wallaby's that you can get up front and personal with. (But not touch)
Written November 20, 2021
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rosiego
Rennes, France115 contributions
Must see! Great value. Desert flora and fauna.
Nov. 2021 • Friends
$29 in person $27 online. $25 for seniors over 62. Great value for over 5 hours of entertainment. This November 78deg temps didn’t hinder us or the animals daytime wanderings. The zoo keeper talks/encounters range from 8:30-11:30am. The animals are spaced into continental quadrants. Leopards, cheetahs, giraffe, reptiles to name a few. New rhino exhibit coming. The cement paths are wide for wheel chairs and strollers, yet some sand paths take you “into the wild”.
The flora was amazingly diverse. Of course many succulents and cactus, but the best part was the labeling of the many species with little signs. To top it off, in “Africa” there is a soft serve shop with snacks and draft beer. And another with hamburgers etc. the perks go on! Guests can bring their own food in! Picnic tables throughout. For those who need a break, benches line the paths. Plenty of water fountains and fill bottle stations. The exhibits have view stations and glass partitions. Bird habitats walk through! And a little petting encounter. Loved it. Reason this in top 3 must dos.
Written November 10, 2021
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pldj m
155 contributions
Feed the Giraffes and see Wallaby walk aroudd you
Oct. 2021
It's not big zoo, and not many animals as Los Angeles Zoo. But size is good enough for family with kids to have fun. Manage well and park people are friendly. And you can feed the Giraffe. Inside of Australian Adventures, many Wallabies just walk around you, so cute, plus the area for kids can pet the sheep. They have bighorn mountain for Bighorn sheep to climb the rocky mountain. Stop by there if you visit Palm Springs.
Written November 7, 2021
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CTK
34 contributions
Definitely Go!
Oct. 2021 • Family
It was a last minute decision to stop in, as we had an empty afternoon. Easy to buy the tickets online and to find. We were pleasantly surprised to find hardly anyone there, that being said, it was a breeze to park.
The staff were friendly and engaging.
The park itself was beautiful and so well kept. All the pathways with mini gardens throughout were great. My kids loved all the exhibits that you could walk through with the animals free to roam. Specifically the wallaby’s and giraffes. The train exhibit was my favorite. Only took us a couple hours to get through.
What a special place.
Written November 6, 2021
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tognir
notts258 contributions
Visit time matters
Oct. 2021 • Couples
We visited yesterday, arriving around 11:30am this is a pretty place, expect lots of walking. Lots of construction going on but what bothered me most is we didnt get to see much, a lot of animals were hiding. Probably our fault as we went during lunchtime, I'm sure early morning/late afternoon is better to visit.
Written October 28, 2021
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steve w
Brentwood, CA16 contributions
Awesome zoo
Oct. 2021 • Family
This is a great zoo with surprises around every corner. Even our teen daughter had fun. I think our favorite part was the wallabies that you can walk around witg
Written October 9, 2021
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George T
Mount Laurel, NJ426 contributions
Too Much Construction Going On for the Price of Entry
Mar. 2021
Didn't exactly get our money's worth. Too much massive construction underway to be open. Many exhibits were closed and or off limits. We did a lot of walking around and looking for animals. Assistance from staff was very limited an had to ask over visitors where things were.
Written September 6, 2021
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travelingAnthony
Hampstead, NC36 contributions
This zoo is where you wallaby
Mar. 2021
This zoo, although absent of some animals one comes to expect, is top notch. I loved this place. It is quiet, manageable and has free parking but the overall animal layout is what sets it apart. The free-roaming wallaby exhibit was my favorite. Don't miss it. The way they just lazily lounge around a few feet from everybody is amusing. Once in a while, they'll hop across the path just for the heck of it. They're the kind of mellow marsupial that you want to hang out with. The meerkat was hilariously goofy, the emus are ridiculous looking, and the giraffe exhibit made me feel like I was on the African savannah.
Everything was clean and the enclosures gave the animals decent elbow room, for those that had elbows.
Even for someone who isn't into toy trains, I was extremely impressed with their train exhibit. The grounds are beautiful and they seem to have big plans with adding animals. As it stood in 3/21, though, they have plenty to see already. It's well worth it.
Written August 28, 2021
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