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The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

47900 Portola Avenue | Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The Living Desert is half-zoo and half-botanical garden, all in the extraordinary setting of a desert. Along with animals like mountain lions, bighorn sheep and meerkats, there are a handful of gardens that showcase cacti and other desert flora and fauna. Some visitors do mention that the animals are sometimes hard to spot, but that just goes to show that the Living Desert's design is working. The designers aimed to create space that would mimic the animals' natural environments, so there are places for them to hide.

One TripAdvisor user said he'd definitely return to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens the next time he's in town. "Giraffe feeding is great fun, and the wildlife show is a must-see — both [are] included in the entrance fee," he noted.

From October 1 to May 31, the Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer (from June 1 to September 30) the attraction is open every day for abbreviated hours from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. due to the heat. General admission is $17.25, and there is a $1.50 discount for those with a AAA membership, for military members and for seniors. Children's admission costs $8.75. You'll find the Living Desert about 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs on Portola Avenue in Palm Desert. For more information, visit the zoo's website.

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