Fodor's Expert Review The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Palm Desert Zoo/Aquarium Fodor's Choice
Big Horn Sheep, Living Desert, Palm Springs, California

Come eye-to-eye with wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, cheetahs, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, warthogs, and owls at the Living Desert, which showcases the flora and fauna of the world's arid landscapes. Easy to challenging scenic trails traverse terrain populated with plants of the Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran deserts. In the 3-acre African WaTuTu village you'll find a traditional marketplace, as well as camels, leopards, hyenas, and other African animals. Children can pet domesticated African creatures, including Nigerian dwarf goats, in a "petting kraal." Gecko Gulch is a playground with crawl-through underground tunnels, climb-on snake sculptures, a carousel, and a Discovery Center that holds ancient Pleistocene animal bones. Wallabies, emus, and kookaburras interact with visitors in the immersive Australian Adventures experience, and a cool model train travels through miniatures of historic California towns. Time your visit to begin in the early morning to beat the heat and feed... READ MORE

Come eye-to-eye with wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, cheetahs, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, warthogs, and owls at the Living Desert, which showcases the flora and fauna of the world's arid landscapes. Easy to challenging scenic trails traverse terrain populated with plants of the Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran deserts. In the 3-acre African WaTuTu village you'll find a traditional marketplace, as well as camels, leopards, hyenas, and other African animals. Children can pet domesticated African creatures, including Nigerian dwarf goats, in a "petting kraal." Gecko Gulch is a playground with crawl-through underground tunnels, climb-on snake sculptures, a carousel, and a Discovery Center that holds ancient Pleistocene animal bones. Wallabies, emus, and kookaburras interact with visitors in the immersive Australian Adventures experience, and a cool model train travels through miniatures of historic California towns. Time your visit to begin in the early morning to beat the heat and feed the giraffes.

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Quick Facts

47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, California  92260, USA

760-346–5694

www.livingdesert.org

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Rate Includes: $25

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