Palm Desert – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Established in March, 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Living Desert was designed as an interpretive nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert. For four decades, The Living Desert has acted in the preservation and conservation of the desert and all its varied plant and animal

The Living Desert is home to a wide array of wildlife, ranging from Addax to Zebras. The zoo also hosts numerous events and attractions throughout the year. Here are some events offered by the Living Desert:

  • On October 3, the Living Desert holds La Gran Fiesta, honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Visitors can swing at a piñata, try their luck at Loteria, enjoy Folklorico dancers, listen to Mariachis, and more. Not to mention, each paid adult receives one free child admission.
  • On October 17, the Living Desert will host classes and demonstrations on water-saving tips and gardening techniques. The event will be presented in conjunction with the Desert Horticultural Society.
  • On October 25, 25, and 31, the Living Desert offers Howl-O-Ween, a spooky Halloween party where kids come dressed in costumes and take part in activities including a monster maze, pumpkin bowling, animal encounters, face painting, bounce houses, craft workshops, and more than 20 trick-or-treat stations. The event is free to guests with paid admission.

Rather you’re interested in animals, gardens, culture, or fun, there is something at the Living Desert for everyone to enjoy. The Living Desert is open daily from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through September 30. Beginning October 1, the Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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