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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. 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. Some of the friendly faces you’ll see include:

  • Cheetahs
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Mountain lions
  • North American porcupine
  • Slender-horned gazelles
  • Striped hyena

The Living Desert’s new Australian Adventures exhibit, which opened this year, also transports visitors Down Under, where wallabies hop, kookaburras sing and budgies free fly.

Hands-on activities, keeper chats, and animal encounters make getting up close and personal with nature even easier, while a series of wilderness loops and hiking trails throughout the grounds offer an immersive experience of beautiful desert flora. Wander past towering African ocotillo and Mexican palms, wispy mesquite trees and blooming saguaros. Feed a giraffe. Ride a camel. And find your wild side. 

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