Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Rated one of the 10 best zoos in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the top family-friendly attractions in Greater Palm Springs, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens invites little ones (and the young at heart) to explore the wonderfully wild creatures of the world’s deserts all in one place. The Living Desert is a Zoo like no other, learn about the vast variety of creatures and plants from the desert regions of the world. Exhibits range from the grasslands and plains of Africa to the rocky terrain and canyons of North America and feature more than 1,600 species of plants and 140 species of animals. 

From June 1 – September 30,2024, The Living Desert will be operating under adjusted summer hours daily from 7:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. with the last admission being allowed in at 12:30 P.M.


The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Explore the Rhino Savanna and Australian Adventures habitat (ranked #4 in the USA Today's Best Zoo Habitats) which now adds a wide variety of new residents to The Living Desert. From wallabies, emus, kookaburras and waterbucks, to springboks and naked mole-rats. You will have much to explore while you meet the Zoo's largest inhabitants, two black rhinos, Nia and Jaali. This exhibit is marks the beginning of The Living Desert's long-term commitment to protect the endangered Black rhinoceros.

Also, be sure to stop by and visit JoAnn and Daniel, the parks cutest newest members of the giraffe herd who can now be seen trotting around the savanna with their 10 other friends!

Close Encounters

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Learn about a vast variety of species by experiencing one of the many interactive encounters available at The Living Desert. Featuring a full schedule keeper hosted animal encounters throughout the day, guests can look forward to seeing all the care that goes towards protecting the conservation of each and every resident. 

Next, you can take a step closer by heading over to the petting corral or giraffe feeding area where you can interact with and even feed giraffes, donkeys, cattle and goats. Have an experience you will not soon forget, as you also learn about the specific dietary requirement needed to ensure every resident is as happy and healthy as possible. 

Fun For The Whole Family


Stop by the discovery center and marvel at the one of the largest model train displays you will find plus children will love taking a spin on the carousel while also learning about many of the endangered species calling The Living Desert home. Want to connect with nature even more? Take a beautiful stroll through one of their three unique hiking trails.

Food & Drink

Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a nice lunch, The Living Desert has you covered. The Kookaburra Cafe and Crash Cafe offer guests a fast and ready to go meal in a moments notice. The Thorn Tree Grill offers traditional American cuisine such as burgers, sandwiches and more. Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Drop by Safari Soft Serve or Churro Stop for your fill of sweetness.

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