Greater Palm Springs has something for everyone this upcoming season, including those who are looking to do something fun while contributing to an amazing cause.

Beginning this October, The Living Desert will host their yearlong commitment of Year of the Giraffe, which is a nod to last year’s Year of the Cheetah that featured events focused on saving the cheetah.

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This year, Year of the Giraffe is set to include giraffe-themed events and campaigns in order to raise awareness on the plight of the giraffe and inspire conservation efforts and action to help save them. Events and activities will take place at The Living Desert in Palm Desert and are free for all zoo members as well as guests with paid admission.

There are currently fewer than 98,000 giraffes left in the wild, but most people do not realize they are an endangered species at all, according to Erin Scott, Marketing & Public Relations Manager for The Living Desert. One factor that has led to their steady decline is that they are continuously losing their habitats due to habitat conversion.

By attending events put on by The Living Desert throughout the year, guests can celebrate the giraffe, take part in the pledge to stand tall for this beloved animal and help save them from extinction.

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Year of the Giraffe Launch Party

To kick things off, the zoo will host a Launch Party on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration is open to the public and will include all day entertainment for the entire family, food and drink specials, a giraffe spot challenge scavenger hunt, a chance to feed a giraffe and many other special events.

Event attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts in place now, as well as additional ways to help.

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Upcoming Events

Members and guests are also invited to attend the following events in support of Year of the Giraffe:

La Gran Fiesta

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during La Gran Fiesta at the zoo on October 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Join in on the family-friendly Halloween fun, and take part in the not-so-spooky zoo adventure on Sunday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Get wild this holiday season by visiting The Living Desert’s 24th Annual WildLights event, taking place on selected nights beginning Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With each visit to the zoo, guests can help save endangered species and help support the work of nonprofit groups working towards this same cause. Furthermore, proceeds from Year of the Giraffe also help support giraffe conservation programs that work to prevent these animals from becoming extinct.

Year of the Giraffe Wildlife Conservation Efforts

The plight of the giraffe has become a global concern, as populations of the species are diminishing rapidly throughout Africa. To help the efforts in place, The Living Desert has partnered with Wild Nature Institute and Giraffe Conservation Foundationtwo giraffe conservation programs working to educate the public on preservation and securing a future for the majestic giraffe.

More Ways to Get Involved

Take the Pledge

At the Living Desert, anyone can be an agent of conservation for the giraffe, and all are welcome to sign up to take the pledge on the zoo’s website. All you need to fill out is your first and last name, zip code, and email information. By taking the pledge, you are standing tall to do your part in saving the giraffe and spreading the word of this great movement.


Another way to make a difference at The Living Desert is by personally contributing to the efforts being made for the giraffe species. To give today, visit the zoo’s donation page.

For more information, check out Year of the Giraffe, and book a hotel stay at one of these Greater Palm Springs hotels for your upcoming zoo visit.