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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 13:30
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 3 days ago

My wife and I came here and were not disappointed. This is a very well designed zoo. Clearly marked pathways and maps lead you through the zoo. The animal hospital is open to visitors and there are volunteer guides there to answer questions. The gardens...More

Thank davidmP7608YO
Reviewed 3 days ago

They have a lot of animals here. We fed the giraffes which was fun so, make sure to do this on your visit. We also added the shuttle service that they have which is much needed as it gets really hot here and you get...More

1  Thank GenGen71
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's summer so we went early and most of the animals were still out. They have great informative talks and animals you can get close to. Take water it is after all a zoo in the desert featuring a myriad of (generally rescued) desert critters.

Thank stanthemck
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We will need to revisit at a later date. Many exhibits were closed. Shows were cancelled. Tip -- if you pay for the Tram use it for your full visit. We used it at the very end to drive back to the gate and were...More

Thank SueVirginiaBeach_Va
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had been here so many years ago and hardly even remembered anythig about it so I thought I would check it out again to see what changed if anything. OMG!!! Was I pleasantly surprised that first off they are doing a trial where they...More

Thank ladyzire
Reviewed 6 days ago

Being in Palm Springs this is a zoo you can really feel like your in another country when walking around. The paths are mostly finely crushed gravel and asphalt so very easy to walk or use a stroller. They have a very cool model train...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I visited the zoo in the heat of the morning... It was about 110 degrees. They do have a lot of shade which is nice. They have a lot of animals and the gardens are beautiful. They have the only animal hospital...More

Thank dan85leah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in September when it is part of there summer programme so the park is open from 8.00 to 1.30 when it becomes to hot. The park is divided into 2 areas covering America and Africa. All the animals in the zoo are comfortable with...More

Thank shelemar
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really liked this zoo! I loved the fact that because it is so hot in Palm Springs, only animals which are suited to that climate are kept there. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a zoo worker who was holding...More

Thank Kate S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The name fits it well. The entire zoo - although not huge, but not as small as some describe either - is set up as a Living Desert. It is a very nice experience. You get the nice "zoo" attraction, while enjoying a nice stroll...More

Thank GentleSol
TheLivingDesert_Zoo, Manager at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review of The Living Desert. We’re glad you had an enjoyable time and hope to see you around in the near future! By the way, great shots!

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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.
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