Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert

Our Coachella Valley vacation rental homes are so comfortable that you wouldn't be the first group to spend the entire time splashing in the pool, but one attraction worth getting out of the house for is the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. The museum’s mission is to preserve the desert in its natural state and protect endangered species. Meet desert inhabitants like eagles, mountain lions, and rare Mexican wolves. Grab lunch, beers or a date shake on the patio at the Thorn Tree Grill or Coyote Café. The kids will love “Gecko Gulch” and “The Ant Lab.”  The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is one of the most fun and educational attractions in the Palm Desert area!

Meet the World’s Desert Animals…

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens takes you on a tour of the world’s desert plants and animals through fascinating interactive displays and up-close animal encounters. At Eagle Canyon, you can view golden eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, foxes, Mexican wolves and more. Experience elusive North American desert inhabitants such as hawks, falcons, and coyotes. Within the North American exhibit, you’ll find Bighorn Mountain, where you can get a glimpse of the highly endangered desert bighorn and the Peninsular pronghorn. In the African desert exhibit, you can encounter hornbills, meerkats, warthogs, sand cats, giraffes, and ostriches and many other species. The African Desert exhibit is also home to some of the world’s rarest species, including cheetahs, Grevy’s zebra, Cuvier’s gazelle, African antelope, and addax.

…And the World’s Desert Plants

Desert plants and animals live in symbiotic relationships – one cannot exist without the other. The animal exhibits at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens are set amidst spectacular desert gardens containing not only commonplace desert flora, but also some of the world’s most rare botanical species. From majestic acacias and giant cacti to sage and the otherworldly kokerboom, the grounds of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens are a plant lover’s dream.

Fun for Kids of All Ages

Kids will love Gecko Gulch, a desert playground that offers loads of sliding, digging, crawling and jumping, and plenty of shaded area for parents to hang out and let the kids run wild. In Village WaTuTu, kids (and adults) can listen to master storytellers share hypnotizing Native American and African folklore, groom a Nigerian dwarf goat, and experience African livestock. When you’re ready to take a break, head over to the Thorn Tree Grill or Coyote Café. Be sure to pick up a souvenir at The Plaza Gift Shop or Kumbu Kumbu Marketplace.

How to Get There

47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert

(760) 346-5694

From Palm Springs, take Interstate 10 east to Monterey Avenue. Head south on Monterey Avenue through Palm Desert to Mesa View Drive. Turn left. Head east on Mesa View Drive until it intersects with Portola Avenue. Turn left; the Zoo will be about a mile down on your right. Open October 1st through May 31st, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Last admission at 4:00pm.

After a day at the zoo, come home to our spacious Palm Springs rentals to unwind and plan the next day's activities. Give us a call today to book one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals for your upcoming stay!

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