Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Palm Desert

4.4
#1 of 66 in Outdoors in California Desert
A wilderness preserve that reintroduces species back into the wild, Living Desert Zoo & 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. Put Living Desert Zoo & Gardens into our Palm Desert trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The only thing I would suggest is bring lots of water, and if you have small children they may tire easily because of the heat. We enjoyed seeing the animals and especially feeding the giraffes.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It's in the heat of a desert climate (45 degrees Celsius) that we visited this zoo. The place is well laid out. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The animals appear to be well treated and have large spaces. Wide variety of cactus and desert plants. We had paid for the shuttle to avoid long trips under this oppressive heat, but she was full...
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  • August 8, 2017
    Make sure you visit as early in the day as possible. One of the shows we wanted to attend in the afternoon was cancelled because it was even too hot for the animals :(  more »

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