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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

#1 of 57 things to do in Palm Desert Features Animals
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We are very fortunate to have the living desert close to our home. We have been fortunate to visit many zoos and the living desert is very unique. The setting, the animals and the docents are great. This place is a once in a lifetime...More

Thank 894waynew
Reviewed 5 days ago

I led a reunion group from Europe, Canada and the US on a 3 day visit to the Desert. One of the venues was the Living Desert. We were welcomed with 4 trolleys ( group size 26 person) and 2 guides. My group had Bill...More

Thank 180lillians
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Living Desert is a unique park which highlight the flora and fauna of the desert. There are attractions for families , children , and adults, including a carrousel, train around the park, model train and village, education center, etc. It is a treasure for...More

Thank jane k
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While I typically don't enjoy a zoo experience, the Living Desert has some outstanding exhibits. In addition, the hiking trails accessible via the Zoo are really fun. Eisenhower Mt and trails are worth the price of admission.

Thank bissehk
Reviewed 5 days ago

Honestly, it was a very hot on the day I visited, but I still managed to cover the entire zoo and saw most of the animals. Was disappointed that some areas were closed due to the heat. On that note, I'd recommend going on a...More

Thank Rob M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We recently visited this zoo and it was nice but very hot the day we went and there is little shade on the baths between animals so make sure to lather on the sun screen and take water with you. They have water bottle refill...More

Thank Kenneth S
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Kenneth, thank you for your thoughtful feedback! Here at The Living Desert, our mission is Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. We do our best to educate the public not only by our conservation efforts but through our animal presentations here at the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, lovely lights and wonderful Holiday tradition for the entire family. Plan to walk and explore the entire garden area.More

Thank Robert P
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Robert, thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Living Desert. Especially noting our annual WildLights display, makes us reminisce on cooler weather! Did you know we have a Summer membership available for less than half the cost of an...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

a very unique place which has done a fantastic job of creating natural habitats for all the animals, very well thought out designed and laid out, a fun place to take out of town guests

Thank richardderothschild
Reviewed 1 week ago

This combination garden/zoo is remarkable for the diversity of the exhibits. Volunteers at the gate can advise visitors of the numerous exhibits and shows, and the animal feedings are a great deal of fun. Do bring good walking shoes. Kiddie strollers are available for use...More

Thank Larry N
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Larry, thank you for taking the time to write about your recent trip to The Living Desert! We believe our zoo and botanical garden combination is quite unique, and we love when others appreciate it as much as we do! We look forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed this park as it was beautiful, informative, and clean. I loved the great efforts to label the wide variety of plants and explain the habitat of the many animals. Great day for a family outing! The hike was great exercise too

Thank marbles26
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you for your review of The Living Desert! We’re so glad you took advantage of our hiking trails before they close for the summer! A good exercise for sure, and some of the best views of the Coachella Valley!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are butterflies open in March?
27 March 2017|
Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Yes! Butterflies are here until April 30
Judith P
are wheelchairs available for rental
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.
ow do we get there from Cathederal City..by car
3 February 2017|
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Response from TheLivingDesert_Zoo | Property representative |
Hop on HWY 111 and go South East. Stay on 111 for about 6 miles and then make a right onto Portola. We are on Portola on your left hand side 47900 Portola Ave in Palm Desert