The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert

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A wilderness preserve that reintroduces species back into the wild, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens focuses solely on desert environments. The gardens feature a series of landscapes that recreate regional desert environments, including flowers, edible plants, and cacti. Talk to the tour guides, who will explain how integral deserts are to the world's ecosystems. The park also manages conservation and desert reconstruction programs. Plan to visit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens during your Palm Desert vacation using our convenient Palm Desert vacation planner.
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  • Amazing adventure seeing wild life from around the world. I must see when visiting Palm Springs. Beautiful grounds and well maintained. 
    Amazing adventure seeing wild life from around the world. I must see when visiting Palm Springs. Beautiful grounds and well maintained.  more »
  • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is an amazing place to spend a morning (when it is cooler) for a leisurely walk among the animals and foliage. My favorite sections are the prairie dogs, giraffes... 
    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is an amazing place to spend a morning (when it is cooler) for a leisurely walk among the animals and foliage. My favorite sections are the prairie dogs, giraffes...  more »
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  • So much to see, learn and admire! They've organized this so well with natural-looking habitats and the animals look well. Easily spent 5 hours, with no time to hike the trails. Went for the 4pm giraffe feeding but it was cancelled b/c the animals weren't coming to the feeding area anymore. Highlights to see the cheetah, leopards, lynxes and more. If we lived closer, we would def become members to support the wonderful conservation work they do here. Tip: they told me in/out privileges to the car was fine so we brought our own food and layers (gets cool after 4pm in November).
  • Love this little gem, can't wait to go back when the rhinos are in. Went on a Monday so it was nice, quiet, and chill. Weather was perfect but I can see how it could be super hot in the summer. Has some great animal exhibits. The rams and the cheetah exhibits were incredible. The Africa space with the giraffes and ostriches was also beautiful. Wish they had more water/bottle fountains throughout the park though. Only saw the one at the entrance/exit so plan accordingly especially of going on a hot day.

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