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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

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Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260-6156
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+1 760-346-5694
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert...

The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.

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US$19.95*
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Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert
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US$169.00*
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Just the right mix of creatures and gardens

What really made this place special were the volunteers & employees. Everyone made you feel welcome. Getting up close and personal with the critters was extra special. One... read more

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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

What really made this place special were the volunteers & employees. Everyone made you feel welcome. Getting up close and personal with the critters was extra special. One thing of note: the entry fee is $19.95 (less $2 for AAA), but that's for the "basics." If you're there with kids, they're going to want to ride a camel ($6), go... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and found it to be well laid out and attractive. It was a pleasant walk with lots to see, very clean and well presented. There were many staff and volunteers who were all willing to assist you or answer any questions you might have. It was a great time and really enjoyed... More 

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Thank Roberto58BC
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Annual evening to support the Living Desert Zoo. Great bites by local restaurants, craft brews, wine and live entertainment. Great evening and a worthy cause to support the Living Desert zoo.

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Thank Bob W
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Living Desert Zoo was nice. It has a shuttle that will take you around the park if you don't want to walk. We went first thing in the morning to avoid as much afternoon heat as possible. We went to the Butterfly area where you pay extra to see the Butterflies. This wasn't worth the money when you compared... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't believe we were here previously and we did not discover this gem! We spend 4.5 hours enjoying the animal hospital exams and the keepers chats, giraffes feeding, and the baby Leopard. And of course the cheetahs runs and feeding. Every imaginable desert plant with descriptions and interpretive signage. Best for parking and comfort to be there right at 9:00... More 

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Belton, Texas
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must stop if traveling through the area. A respite from long travels on the interstate. Absolutely beautiful gardens mixed in with the animals. Makes this desert area come alive.

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Thank trouthook69
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came with my husband and daughter mainly to feed the giraffes. I've been before but this time there were so many volunteers that had so much information to share. Love that there are so many senior adults giving their time to share their love of these amazing animals. Feeding the giraffes is always an amazing opportunity. We will definitely be... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. Lots of exciting things to see and do. The staff are really friendly and downright eager to answer questions.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we visited this place! It feels more like a conservation area than a zoo. Being up close and feeding carrots to a 16 foot tall giraffe is worth the price of admission. Very educational as well.

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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

this zoo was easy to follow the map and get around. Staff on hand in places to answer any question you might have about the animals. We actually learned from them and the info was interesting. You can feed the giraffes carrots for a small fee. You stand in line and wait your turn to feed them. Check the feeding... More 

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