A unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Giraffes, mountain lions, zebras, and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. The botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Stop by the interactive Discovery Center, visit one of the largest G-scale model train displays, enjoy a Wildlife Wonders animal presentation, hike the nature trails, have lunch in one of the cafes, or pet the goats in the Petting Kraal. Let the shuttles take you from African Village WaTuTu, to the state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital. The Living Desert offers an experience like no other.

The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. They offer student programs for schools, family and kid's programs, as well as adult programs. Check the website for location information, current hours and events.

2017 - Named number six on Conde Nast Traveler's list of 10 Best Zoos in the US.
  • Bus Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Guided Tours
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Outdoor Space (square feet): 6400
The Living Desert
Address 47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Guest Hours Open daily June 1 through September 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with last admission at 1 p.m. and October 1 to May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m.
Phone 760.346.5694

Safari Nights
Occurs every Saturday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Year of the Giraffe
Oct 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

La Gran Fiesta (Hispanic Heritage Month)
Oct 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cheetah Run
Feb 3, 2018 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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