The Living Desert

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47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, USA

The Living Desert Palm Desert Reviews

yarasil yarasil
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Zoo in the desert Jan 04, 2009
The Living Desert is a small zoo located in Palm Desert, just east of Palm Springs.

I am not sure what it would be like to visit in the heat of the summer but a winter's day visit was perfect. It was a leisurely couple of hours walking through the whole zoo and the children seemed to like it. There is a mix of animals both from the Americas and Africa - mammals, birds, butterflies and some amphibians. Big horn sheep, bobcats, wolves, cheetahs, leopards, mountain lion, foxes, eagles, badger, warthog, giraffes, camels, and owls are a few of the animals there.

There is a butterfly and hummingbird exhibit that you can walk around and get up close for some good photos. And a couple of the bird exhibits are also set up to allow you to walk in and among the birds.

The zoo also has a hospital onsite that has a viewing area with some injured animals. Look for Dewey the 38 year old woodpecker who has a broken beak, an injured wing and cataracts but still hops around his cage.

There are also animal encounters depending on what is available. A schedule is provided at the entrance. The enclosures/exhibits are for the most part set up for great viewing of the animals. There is a trolley (for an extra fee) available that goes around all the exhibits that allows you to hop on/hop off. Also look for desert vegetation and cacti through out the park.

I would not recommend buying food in the park. There are two cafes with a burger and fries type menu and though they appeared to be cooked to order it did not taste very good.

The keepers, staff and volunteers are all very friendly, very helpful and very knowledgeable.
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