The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I love going to the living desert with my family. My kids love the trains. There are so many different lines and the living desert always changes the cars and engines keeping things new and exciting. Some other highlights is the giraffe feedings and enclosure,they have kudos and ostriches. And the indoor Discovery room, it's a great air conditioned space ( we always stop there on the summer) There is so much fun and it just never ends and each visit has a unique experience.
  • This is truly a gem. Wonderful homes for the animals...note homes not cages! Giraffe, zebra, wolves ..great variety. The gardens represent the different desert area of the world and are very well laid out. The 30 minute lectures given by the staff are fascinating and keep the children enthralled. Can't praise enough. A must see.

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