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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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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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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” (111 reviews)
“model train” (72 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Very friendly and helpful volunteers. Spend the extra bit and have your ticket include the train ride if you can't walk far, are short on time or maybe like me, didn't feel like walking around that day, it's worth the extra money. Beautiful plants and...More

Thank SandAndSunLover1
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Fairly pricey. We walked the zoo in about an hour. The giraffes were awesome as were zebras and big cats. Camel rides for around $6. Aviaries with a lot of birds. I would say the zoo itself is about average.

Thank CoopyCobMN
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Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

This is a very accessible park. The paths are wide, even, and have gradual grades. For a nominal cost, there is also a tram that goes through the park - you can hop on and off at frequent stops. Our ages ranged from 5 to...More

Thank Lepha
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Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

I came with no expectations and came away with a wonderful experience. This botanical garden and zoo is neatly laid out to enhance the desert experience and provide a natural habitat for the animals, most of which have been rescued and brought back to health....More

Thank ggcaiazzo
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

We got here the moment the park opened and stayed till the very end. This place is very big! Our mistake is thinking we could walk the whole park. It got quite warm and 1/2 way through the day, we bought an unlimited shuttle pass....More

Thank SouthernUtahTraveler
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

Visited the zoo and were very pleased with the exhibits and staff. The grounds were very clean and well maintained. It was especially nice to have volunteers by many of the animals to explain their habitat and how they are doing in the wild. The...More

Thank prisonrn
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Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Terrific setting for a variety of desert gardens and a very good Zoo with a nice variety of animals. Regular animal shows throughout the day. Make sure to see the Cheetah Run and the giraffe feeding. Extra charge for tram rides in park. Adult admission...More

Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed January 14, 2017

It's more than a zoo. It's more than a garden. It's more than hiking trails. There is the most fabulous outdoor train set for the kids and trams for those who don't want to walk that much. We started coming here in 1990, and became...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2017

A good perspective of desert wildlife. The birds are amazing. Behind the scenes educational opportunities.

Thank meldeucef
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Reviewed January 12, 2017

We enjoyed our trip to the Living Desert Zoo immensely. The zoo is nicely laid out with easy walking paths. There's also optional transportation around the zoo for those visitors who have mobility issues which was appreciated greatly by my husband. We especially enjoyed watching...More

Thank katrina81476
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bunlady
November 20, 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
March 27, 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
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Judith P
March 20, 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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