The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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  • Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
    "Get there in time to feed the giraffes!"(10 Tips)
    Richard A.
    "Wild Lights is great."(2 Tips)
    Ann B.
    "Here early, as it gets even too hot for camels...."(2 Tips)
    The Ritz-Carlton
    "... animals and acres of botanical gardens to discover during your Private Safari."(2 Tips)
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  • Christina R.
    I would suggest finding out what time they do the chat with a giraffe and other extras.We missed everything by 20 minutes.Be prepared to spend some time to visit all the features they have to offer!
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 25, 2016
    For one last summer vacation treat, take a family adventure to a The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens to see animals local and exotic animals big and small, and learn about their lives and habitats.
  • Kym R.
    Kym RobertsJanuary 20, 2014
    Go early enough in the day & bring water, snacks & hiking boots to take the Wilderness Loop Trail - amazing desert views!
  • Justin J.
    Justin JohnsonApril 17, 2013
    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.
  • Vikki
    VikkiJanuary 2, 2015
    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!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonNovember 21, 2014
    The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers guests over 450 fascinating animals and acres of botanical gardens to discover during your Private Safari.
  • Alexandra F.
    Alexandra FroehlichDecember 26, 2011
    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...
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PytelDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check out the columnar cactus garden and the canyon garden! Absolutely amazing!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerSeptember 7, 2016
    Much nicer than I was imagining. Clean, spacious and tons of animals and activities!
  • Arlene S.
    Arlene SpringApril 22, 2014
    I Love to take my Grand-Children to Living Desert when they come to visit! Photography by Arlene Spring~
  • Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
    Get there in time to feed the giraffes! Such an amazing experience!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WhelanDecember 28, 2012
    Go early in the morning the animals will be up. They sleep in the afternoon.
  • petershin
    petershinMay 16, 2016
    Tip: Don't wear sandals, wear shoes. Lots of graveled paths and trails.
  • Ann B.
    Ann ByrneSeptember 17, 2016
    Here early, as it gets even too hot for camels....
  • John G.
    John GraingerJuly 31, 2015
    Sign up to get free admission during your birthday month.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingDecember 28, 2014
    The best place for kids in the Palm Springs area.
  • ASG V.
    ASG VetsJanuary 12, 2013
    The Miriam U. Hoover Discovery Center is a must-see attraction!
  • L C.
    L CNovember 4, 2013
    50% off for LA Zoo members. $3 off for Starwood owners.
  • AJ K.
    AJ KintnerNovember 29, 2013
    Start to the right to get all the big animals before the kiddies get tired.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellFebruary 25, 2014
    Animals do nothing midday but the tourists leave as well. There will be a cat in the sun somewhere.
  • Jim B.
    Jim BeanJanuary 6, 2016
    The giraffes are beautiful at sunset.
  • Ralph S.
    Ralph StambergerDecember 1, 2015
    Everything
  • Adrian D.
    Adrian De SmulDecember 30, 2016
    Ok zoo and botanical garden. Good events with the animals
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RomeroJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a yearly membership, especially if you have kids. Totally worth it!!!
  • John G.
    John GraingerJuly 31, 2015
    Feed the giraffes. $4 members $5 non. Summer @ 9 & 11
  • Vanessa
    VanessaJanuary 2, 2012
    Feed the giraffes... A must do for kids and adults...
  • Marc C.
    Marc CharbonneauMarch 11, 2015
    It's fun to feed the giraffe.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CasasFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For best animal viewing, go in the morning when they are waking up for breakfast.
  • Tamara D.
    Tamara DNovember 23, 2015
    Beautiful cactus
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellFebruary 25, 2014
    Sometimes you can see a giraffe from the parking lot.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.May 28, 2011
    Become a member! You can visit 2x a year and it pays for itself
  • Karla R.
    Karla ReddropMarch 22, 2016
    Feed the giraffes
  • Pamela B.
    Pamela BreckenridgeNovember 24, 2012
    The nighttime lights time is nice but most of the park is closed off.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SpeakesDecember 4, 2013
    go early in the day..
  • Richard A.
    Richard AllenDecember 30, 2010
    Wild Lights is great. Camel rides during the Holidays.
  • Sigrid
    SigridJuly 31, 2011
    AAA discount; show your card!
  • Allen R.
    Allen RuletkaAugust 8, 2010
    Show your Bank of America card and its free the first weekend of every month!
  • Linda G.
    Wear sneakers and carry water
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RomeroDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Wild Lights during the Christmas season!
  • K K.
    K KniggeJanuary 17, 2012
    Model train exhibit
  • Palm Springs CA
    Palm Springs CAFebruary 7, 2011
    Definately ride the Endangered Species Carousel
  • Chris C.
    Chris CasasFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check the website for daily events:www.livingdesert.org/ Read more
  • Raimundo A.
    Raimundo AndradeFebruary 26, 2015
    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.
  • Lia M.
    Lia MedranoDecember 16, 2012
    no te pierdas el mariposario!!
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