The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert

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A wilderness preserve that reintroduces species back into the wild, The Living Desert Zoo and 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. Plan to visit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens during your Palm Desert vacation using our convenient Palm Desert vacation planner.
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  • This a must stop for visitors to Palm Desert. We have brought our grandkids and also visit as a couple. We take advantage of the nature hiking trails. 
    This a must stop for visitors to Palm Desert. We have brought our grandkids and also visit as a couple. We take advantage of the nature hiking trails.  more »
  • Most animals were very active. In most zoos and animal parks I’ve been to, animals generally don’t seem active. Here, even one of the tortoises was booking (looked like he was trying to win a race... 
    Most animals were very active. In most zoos and animal parks I’ve been to, animals generally don’t seem active. Here, even one of the tortoises was booking (looked like he was trying to win a race...  more »
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  • I love going to the living desert with my family. My kids love the trains. There are so many different lines and the living desert always changes the cars and engines keeping things new and exciting. Some other highlights is the giraffe feedings and enclosure,they have kudos and ostriches. And the indoor Discovery room, it's a great air conditioned space ( we always stop there on the summer) There is so much fun and it just never ends and each visit has a unique experience.
  • This is truly a gem. Wonderful homes for the animals...note homes not cages! Giraffe, zebra, wolves ..great variety. The gardens represent the different desert area of the world and are very well laid out. The 30 minute lectures given by the staff are fascinating and keep the children enthralled. Can't praise enough. A must see.

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