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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

#1 of 58 things to do in Palm Desert Features Animals
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, 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, CA 92260-6156
+1 760-346-5694
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our friends live in Palm Desert so we go here when once in a while since they are members. It's always amazing to visit a zoo in another city. This one has a butterfly garden and giraffe feeding. As with other zoos the landscape is...More

1  Thank mynahbird1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of walking. There are not a lot of animals, but a sampling of those you might find in deserts. We enjoyed seeing the baby giraffe and some of the other African animals. It was very hot so take along water. There is a guided...More

1  Thank Lyn B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new exhibits were well done, but the old cages and exhibits were in need of help. The landscaping also needed a lot of maintenance and TLC. The flow around the park was poorly designed. We were disappointed.

Thank Sandy2645
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank 894waynew
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

1  Thank 180lillians
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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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
21 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