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The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens – Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens The only zoo in the desert!  Replicating desert’s from around the world including the indigenous wildlife, plant species & ecosystems. Located in Palm Desert, California, The Living Desert is full of fun events and programs for children and adults alike including “Family Safari’s”  that give you a behind the scenes visit with the animals. Hop aboard the “Doom” buggy for a Fright Night through the wilds of Africa during the Howl-O-Ween Harvest.  Bring a picnic basket and bottle of wine and enjoy The “Jazzoo Concert Series” with big name jazz artists from around the country. You’ll be mesmerized by nearly 1 acre of “G” scale Model Trains traversing the desert landscape. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, is WildLights a delightful season event for all ages with over 750,000 dancing lights, ice skating, Santa’s Village and roasting smores on an open fire to name a few of the fun events for the family to enjoy.

Close to the The Living Desert is Ironwood Country Club, a private golf club with two Championship Golf Courses. Home styles include “Lock & Leave” Condo’s, Single Family Homes and Custom Fairway Estates. Monterra is a luxury gated community in Palm Desert with just 95 homes, many with over-sized view lots overlooking the valley.  The Reserve is an exclusive private guard gated community with custom fairway estates. 

Living desert is one of the jewels of the desert raising awareness about the unique & fragile nature of our desert wildlife & plants and is working to preserve the natural beauty of the Colorado Desert in its original form. 

Be sure to bring your camera to capture some unique wildlife. See animals from around the world like Giraffe’s, Lion’s, Cheetah’s, Meerkats, Warthogs, Birds and Goats in their natural environment enjoying the desert oasis. The Living Desert Zoo is a great place to have a picnic with friends and family or simply to enjoy the plant and animal life from deserts all around the world.

Be sure to bring you camera to capture all that The Living Desert has to offer:

  • Zoo and botanical garden with over 450 animals
  • 1080 acres of undisturbed Sonoran Desert
  • Wildlife Wonders Shows
  • Wild animals from Africa to America
  • Two restaurants
  • Petting Kraal
  • Interactive Wildlife Hospital.
  • One of the largest G-scaled model train displays in California
  • Shade trees and misted rest spots throughout the park
  • Indoor interactive exhibits
  • Trails to hike the Eisenhower Peak

Oct 1 – May 31: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with last admission at 4:00 pm.
June 1 – Sept 30: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm with last admission at 1:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260