Summary of The Day: A zoo and botanical garden all in one with over 450 animals, specializing in endangered species and plants of the desert. The Living Desert is more than a collection of exhibits. It is also a nature preserve. In fact, 1080 of the 1200 acres are undisturbed Sonoran Desert.
A zoo and botanical garden spread over 250 acres! Giraffes, mountain lions, wolves and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America.
Visitors who come to The Living Desert in the early morning are in for some delightful surprises! In the cool of the morning, most of the animals on exhibit are at their peak activity. Playing, some eating breakfast, catching the wind for the scent of other nearby animals, stretching and prowling.
As the day warms up, so do the birds of prey, fanning out their huge marvelous wings to the sun. The tortoises and lizards come out of their hiding places to feel the gentle warmth. Warthogs and javelinas rout and romp in the morning hours, contentedly grunting during nap time in the midday sun. Even the goats in the Petting Kraal enjoy nuzzling with visitors.
Meerkats seem to play all afternoon, each taking a turn being the lookout, while the others scamper about. Late afternoon is the wake up call to nocturnal creatures. The cheetahs climb to the top of their ridge and majestically watch the sun set, the sky turning as golden amber as their eyes.
Have lunch in one of the cafes or bring your own picnic. Feed the goats in the petting kraal or see one of the Wildlife Wonders Shows.
Let shuttles take you from the African Village Watutu to our interactive Wildlife Hospital. Stop by the Palo Verde Garden Center or one of the largest G-scaled model train displays in California.
Don't forget your camera. The animals and gardens at The Living Desert and the surrounding vistas present some breathtaking photo opportunities!
Please remember that this is a dessert and as such has extreme temperatures. You should plan your visit according to the season in which you are visiting and the forecasted day's temperatures and dress accordingly. There are many shade trees and misted rest spots throughout the park for your comfort, and even an interactive indoor (nice and cool...the desert at night) exhibit the kids will surely enjoy!
So many things to see and do! So get your e-Tickets now. The Palm Springs Living Desert will inform, motivate and entertain you beyond your expectations.
Oct 1st through May 31st: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with last admission at 4:00 pm.
June 1st through Sept 30th: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm with last admission at 1:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Booth Location:The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Nearest Intersection:Haystack and Portola
Parking:On grounds. NO Charge for parking.
The Living Dessert asks that you abide by these rules
• Please do not feed or annoy the animals
• No smoking in exhibit buildings, cafes or gift shops
• Visitors are asked to stay on the marked paths and walkways
• Plants are for all to enjoy and are not to be picked or trampled
• NO PETS ALLOWED except for service dogs Do not brings pets and leave them in your car. Temperatures rise quickly in the dessert and can be life threatening to your pet!
• Drink lots of water
Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably closed toe. Hats, sunscreen, even an umbrella is recommended for all seasons. Winter day temperatures sometimes warrant a jacket or sweater. Plan an early hour visit in the summer as temperatures can reach 100 degrees by noon. Paved pathways throughout The Living Desert make exploring accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Adult wheeled strollers and Zebra-themed children's strollers are available for a $3.00 donation | First aid stations, baby changing stations, pay phones and ATMs are available No locker facilities are available Photo Credits: Bert Buxbaum, The Living Desert.
|USD $19.95||USD $9.95|
*Adult age: 13 and older|
*Child age: 3-12
*Senior/Military: Seniors Ages 62+ Active/Ret/Reserve Military (w/ID): $15.75
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The price $17.25 is just the ticket for The Living Desert for one person. The transportation is not included.
For more details, please check the pricing page about the package includes:
Wildlife Wonders Shows
Wild animals from Africa to America
One of the largest G-scaled model train displays in California
Shade trees and misted rest spots throughout the park
Shuttles to get you around inside The Living Desert ($6 extra fee)
Indoor interactive exhibits
Trails to hike the Eisenhower Peak
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