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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” (115 reviews)
“giraffe feeding” (98 reviews)
“model train” (67 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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 weeks ago

Many of the carnivores were obviously unhappy in enclosures that are too small - the African hunting dogs, the wolves, the coyotes, even one of the coatis, were all pacing the same paths over and over, which is indicative of stress and boredom (stereotypic behavior...More

Thank Francie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is no ordinary zoo—it's a showcase of indigenous desert habitats, both plants and animals that has some exotic animals I've never seen before. I was lucky to be there in the late afternoon for feeding time, which made for fascinating viewing, watching a...More

Thank Adseldon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to visit! Enjoyed the giraffe feedings and the different hikes in the area. Families really seemed to enjoy the zoo!

Thank David K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure how much I would like this place, as zoos are not of my favorite destinations, but was pleasantly surprised the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Many interesting animals, primarily, though not exclusively, focusing on animals of the African and North American deserts....More

Thank ed_in_510
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful desert park like atmosphere. I always struggle with animals constrained in a living space, but the living desert provides more space and indigenous terrain than most. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They evening have a top shelf hospital on site. A recommended experience...More

Thank Tcarot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just added this to our must do list for anyone who visits us and we live near LA. You can visit here just to walk the lovely paths thru a variety the indigenous gardens, or just to see the wide range of desert animals, or...More

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic attraction. This is one outstanding venue that is continually changing for the better. We have been supporting members for years. Age ages can appreciate the place. Exhibits are all very well done.

Thank blacklake
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can literally feed the giraffes here! And you're 5 feet from fighting warthogs. This zoo is a wonderful place - clean, educational, and a great mix of plants and animals.

Thank Rocky P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Somebody told us that the living desert wasn’t worth the visit, but they were totally wrong. We are so glad we visited over the holidays. We arrived later in the evening and there were less crowds than other zoos we’ve visited. There were also holiday...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place really does nickel and dime you after you pay the entrance feel. Pay to see the enclosed bird sanctuary, pay to feed the little birds, pay to feed the Giraffes, after a while it was just ridiculous considering for three adults we were...More

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Questions & Answers
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.