Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
On the outskirts of Palm Springs, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens stands as a testament to the fascinating biodiversity of our planet. Boasting a unique blend of traditional zoo and botanical garden, this destination offers an immersive experience that captivates visitors of all ages. From awe-inspiring animal encounters to beautiful botanical gardens showcasing various desert landscapes, The Living Desert offers something special for every visitor.
The zoo houses a diverse array of animal life, including endangered species like the Arabian oryx and the Mexican wolf. Wander through meticulously designed habitats that mimic the natural environments of these animals, offering the opportunity to observe fascinating species from across the animal kingdom. There are also guided private safari shuttle tours available to provide an accessible experience perfect for those with small children or limited mobility.
Exhibits focus on wildlife from Africa, Australia and North America, with the opportunity to have up-close animal encounters with rhinos, mountain lions, reptiles and more. One of the highlights is the Giraffe Feeding Experience, where you can get to eye level with the tallest animals on Earth as they accept snacks from your hand. Visitors can also interact with African domestic livestock like dwarf goats and donkeys at the petting zoo, or attend one of the animal connections led by knowledgeable zookeepers throughout the day.
The Living Desert prides itself on seamlessly blending education and entertainment. There are a variety of educational programs held throughout the year, from kids’ zoo camps to special conservation events. There is also an onsite wildlife hospital and conservation center, where visitors can learn more about the care the animals receive and conservation efforts undertaken by the zoo to protect endangered species and the preservation of their habitats.
For those with a passion for plants, the botanical gardens at The Living Desert are a horticultural paradise. Stroll through themed gardens that showcase the unique flora of various deserts around the world. From the vibrant colors of the African succulent garden to the stark beauty of the North American Joshua Tree exhibit, each section is a demonstration of the adaptability and resilience of desert plant life. The meticulous landscaping and informative signage make it not only visually stunning but also educational.
The Living Desert is rated as one of the top zoos in the U.S. by Condé Nast, but this family-friendly attraction also offers much more. In addition to the zoo and botanical gardens, visitors can enjoy a model trail exhibit, a classic carousel, a hands-on Discovery Center showcasing geological history, a petting zoo and serene hiking trails winding through an on-site nature preserve.
Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, a plant lover, or looking for a day of family fun, this destination has it all. Engaging exhibits, interactive experiences and a commitment to conservation make The Living Desert a must-visit destination in Palm Springs. Pack your sunscreen, grab your camera and embark on a journey of exploration through a fascinating world of flora and fauna!