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The Living Desert

Restaurant Week


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.

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2017 - Named number six on Conde Nast Traveler's list of 10 Best Zoos in the US.

Things to Do
Guest Hours
  • Guest Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m.
  • Rates: $10 - $19
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Tour Information
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Meeting Facilities
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
Living Desert Members Only. Reservations Required. Limited Seating. Have breakfast then...more
It's hump day every day at the Living Desert. Enjoy a ride on these nomadic desert...more
Line up for our new giraffe feeding experience. An eye to eye personal experience you...more
Experience a free-flying colorful spectacle with Lorikeets: Winged Wonders. Don’t miss...more
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Wine Maker Dinner last year featuring Rabble...more
Hop on over to The Living Desert for Easter “Eggstravaganza.” Join the Easter Bunny and...more
Over 50 breweries and restaurants take over The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for the...more
Ever wonder what the animals are up to when the people go home and lights go out? Each...more
All aboard The Living Desert’s Train Day! Enjoy train chats, train adopts, a scavenger...more