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The Living Desert
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A unique zoo and botanical garden that specializes in the deserts of the world. Giraffes, mountain lions, zebras, and cheetahs are just a few of the incredible animals that take you from Africa to North America. The botanical gardens include geographic replicas of areas as diverse as Baja California’s Viscaino Desert and the exotic deserts of Madagascar. Stop by the interactive Discovery Center, visit one of the largest G-scale model train displays, enjoy a Wildlife Wonders animal presentation, hike the nature trails, have lunch in one of the cafes, or pet the goats in the Petting Kraal. Let the shuttles take you from African Village WaTuTu, to the state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital. The Living Desert offers an experience like no other. The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. They offer student programs for schools, family and kid's programs, as well as adult programs. Check the website for location information, current hours and events. 2017 - Named number six on Conde Nast Traveler's list of 10 Best Zoos in the US.

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  • Guest Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m.
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  • Rates: $10 - $19
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Facility Info
  • Largest Room 2700
  • Total Sq. Ft. 10460
  • Reception Capacity 700
  • Theatre Capacity 350
  • Indoor Space (square feet) 4060
  • Outdoor Space (square feet) 6400
  • Banquet Capacity 350
Events

It's hump day every day at the Living Desert. Enjoy a ride on these nomadic desert...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • January 22, 2018 - April 30, 2018

Line up for our new giraffe feeding experience. An eye to eye personal experience you...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694

Experience a free-flying colorful spectacle with Lorikeets: Winged Wonders. Don’t miss...more

  • The Living Desert
  • October 28, 2017 - April 30, 2018

Ever wonder what the animals are up to when the people go home and lights go out? Each...more

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  • Dates vary between February 2, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Special enrichment, keeper chats, and animal encounters will complete the morning’s...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • March 17, 2018

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Wine Maker Dinner last year featuring Rabble...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • Dates vary between March 22, 2018 - April 19, 2018

Hop on over to The Living Desert for Easter “Eggstravaganza.” Join the Easter Bunny and...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • March 31, 2018

Over 50 breweries and restaurants take over The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for the...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • April 7, 2018

All aboard The Living Desert’s Train Day! Enjoy train chats, train adopts, a scavenger...more

  • The Living Desert
  • (760) 346-5694
  • May 5, 2018
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