The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Zoo and Other Great Outdoors
47900 Portola Ave (@ Buckboard Trail), Palm Desert, CA 92260, United States
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  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
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    Sarah R.
    "Check out Wild Lights during the Christmas season!"(2 Tips)
    Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
    "Get there in time to feed the giraffes!"(6 Tips)
    Nicole P.
    "columnar cactus garden and the canyon garden!"(4 Tips)
    Kym R.
    "amazing desert views!"(2 Tips)
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  • Marc C.

    It's fun to feed the giraffe.

    Marc Charbonneau · March 11
  • Raimundo A.

    Imperdivel. Este parque reproduz a vegetação de vários desertos americanos, do México e da África. Também possui animais que vivem nestas mesmas regiões. Tudo muito bem cuidado e bem dimensionado.

    Raimundo Andrade · February 26
  • Vikki

    You can easily spend an entire day here! There was a long line for the giraffe feeding, but it moves fast and is worth it!

    Vikki · January 2
  • Oz L.

    The best place for kids in the Palm Springs area.

    Oz Lubling · December 28, 2014
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers guests over 450 fascinating animals and acres of botanical gardens to discover during your Private Safari.

    The Ritz-Carlton · November 21, 2014
  • Arlene S.

    I Love to take my Grand-Children to Living Desert when they come to visit! Photography by Arlene Spring~

    Arlene Spring · April 22, 2014
  • Linda G.

    Wear sneakers and carry water

  • Tim P.

    Sometimes you can see a giraffe from the parking lot.

    Tim Pursell · February 25, 2014
  • Tim P.

    Animals do nothing midday but the tourists leave as well. There will be a cat in the sun somewhere.

    Tim Pursell · February 25, 2014
  • Kym R.

    Go early enough in the day & bring water, snacks & hiking boots to take the Wilderness Loop Trail - amazing desert views!

    Kym Roberts · January 20, 2014
  • Ken S.

    go early in the day..

    Ken Speakes · December 4, 2013
  • AJ K.

    Start to the right to get all the big animals before the kiddies get tired.

    AJ Kintner · November 29, 2013
  • L C.

    50% off for LA Zoo members. $3 off for Starwood owners.

    L C · November 4, 2013
  • Justin J.

    Don't miss the Wildlife Show! Seeing the owl and the falcon was freaking awesome. Also, the big cat they bring out is amazing. I WANT ONE IN MY HOUUSSEEE.

    Justin Johnson · April 17, 2013
  • ASG V.

    The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center is a must-see attraction!

    ASG Vets · January 12, 2013
  • Amy W.

    Go early in the morning the animals will be up. They sleep in the afternoon.

    Amy Whelan · December 28, 2012
  • Lia M.

    no te pierdas el mariposario!!

    Lia Medrano · December 16, 2012
  • Nicole P.

    Be sure to check out the columnar cactus garden and the canyon garden! Absolutely amazing!

    Nicole Pytel · December 3, 2012
  • Pamela B.

    The nighttime lights time is nice but most of the park is closed off.

    Pamela Breckenridge · November 24, 2012
  • K K.

    Model train exhibit

    K Knigge · January 17, 2012
  • Vanessa

    Feed the giraffes... A must do for kids and adults...

    Vanessa · January 2, 2012
  • Alexandra F.

    Cool for plants. Unable to see leopard, coyotes, wart hogs, & cheetahs but saw big horn sheep, 2 month old giraffe & mexican wolf. Great idea if you have kids...

    Alexandra Froehlich · December 26, 2011
  • Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

    Get there in time to feed the giraffes! Such an amazing experience!

    Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa · September 20, 2011
  • Sigrid

    AAA discount; show your card!

    Sigrid · July 31, 2011
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.

    Become a member! You can visit 2x a year and it pays for itself

    Jeffrey-Ryan B. · May 28, 2011
  • Palm Springs CA

    Definately ride the Endangered Species Carousel

    Palm Springs CA · February 7, 2011
  • Sarah R.

    Get a yearly membership, especially if you have kids. Totally worth it!!!

    Sarah Romero · January 21, 2011
  • Richard A.

    Wild Lights is great. Camel rides during the Holidays.

    Richard Allen · December 30, 2010
  • Sarah R.

    Check out Wild Lights during the Christmas season!

    Sarah Romero · December 27, 2010
  • Allen R.

    Show your Bank of America card and its free the first weekend of every month!

    Allen Ruletka · August 8, 2010
  • Chris C.

    Check the website for daily Read more

    Chris Casas · February 10, 2010
  • Chris C.

    For best animal viewing, go in the morning when they are waking up for breakfast.

    Chris Casas · February 10, 2010