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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Between meeting animals from across the world and exploring nature trails through the Sonoran Desert, expect an exotic experience in southern California. 

Discover the deserts of the world and their wild inhabitants at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The zoo, located in Palm Desert, is home to hundreds of animals from North America and Africa. Explore its interactive exhibits, hiking trails, recreated habitats and more. 

Transport yourself to the deserts of Africa on a safari through the Living Desert. In the Africa area, see some of the most endangered animals in the world, such as slender-horned gazelles and addax. Meet cheetahs, meerkats, warthogs, fennec foxes, giraffes, ostriches and more. Take a moment to appreciate the variety of exotic African plants in the park, such as acacia and kokerbooms.

Learn about the deserts of North America on your exploration of the Living Desert’s vast exhibits. As you approach Eagle Canyon, watch for coyotes, wolves, mountain lions and bobcats. Native birds of prey such as hawks, eagles and vultures soar overhead. In the Bighorn Mountain area, check out the rare desert bighorn sheep. The plant life is equally varied, featuring everything from Sonoran tree beargrass to a colorful sage garden. 

Enjoy an educational and entertaining Wildlife Wonders Presentation featuring smaller park residents including hedgehogs or snakes. See a performance in the Tennity Amphitheater. 

Take a break from the sunny outdoors and check out the Discovery Center. See and touch replica fossils or relax in the night sky simulation room. Outside, take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel. 

Explore the Living Desert’s network of well-marked trails ranging from 0.25 to 5 miles (0.4 to 8 kilometers) through the Sonoran Desert. Depending on the level of adventure you’re seeking, set out on the Inner Loop, Middle Loop or Wilderness Loop through the undisturbed wilderness. Note that the trails are closed during the summer due to very hot conditions.

Visit Living Desert Zoo and Gardens any day of the year except Christmas Day. Between June and September, the site operates on a reduced summer schedule. Purchase tickets online before your visit or at the welcome center. Note that certain attractions, such as camel rides and giraffe feedings, are not included in the cost of general admission.


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Indian Wells Resort Hotel

Indian Wells Resort Hotel

76-661 Highway 111, Indian Wells, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Indian Wells, this golf resort is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and Empire Polo Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Close To El Paseo Contemporary Casita
    Close To El Paseo Contemporary Casita

    Close To El Paseo Contemporary Casita

    48798 Mescal Ln, Palm Desert, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Palm Desert, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. El Paseo Shopping District and The Gardens on El Paseo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Refreshing Private Pool & Relaxing Spa, Gorgeous Views & Koolfog Misting System for Cool Patio Fun!
      Refreshing Private Pool & Relaxing Spa, Gorgeous Views & Koolfog Misting System for Cool Patio Fun!

      Refreshing Private Pool & Relaxing Spa, Gorgeous Views & Koolfog Misting System for Cool Patio Fun!

      73586 Siesta Trail, Palm Desert, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. El Paseo Shopping District and The Gardens on El Paseo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Midcentury Rose
        Midcentury Rose

        Midcentury Rose

        47967 Sun Corral Trail, Palm Desert, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Silver Spur Ranch, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. El Paseo Shopping District and The Gardens on El Paseo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Ironwood Country Club Condo - Fabulous Mountain Views
          Ironwood Country Club Condo - Fabulous Mountain Views

          Ironwood Country Club Condo - Fabulous Mountain Views

          73651 Boxthorn Ln, Palm Desert, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Palm Desert, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. El Paseo Shopping District and The Gardens on El Paseo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Ironwood Country Club 2 BR Condo ,
            Ironwood Country Club 2 BR Condo ,

            Ironwood Country Club 2 BR Condo ,

            44865 Mariposa Dr, Palm Desert, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Palm Desert, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. El Paseo Shopping District and The Gardens on El Paseo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Classic Contemporary Dog-friendly Home, W/private Pool & Prime Location!
              Classic Contemporary Dog-friendly Home, W/private Pool & Prime Location!

              Classic Contemporary Dog-friendly Home, W/private Pool & Prime Location!

              73502 Sun Lane, Palm Desert, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Silver Spur Ranch, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Shopping District are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Home, Completely Private Back Garden. Available Monthly Only
                Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Home, Completely Private Back Garden. Available Monthly Only

                Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Home, Completely Private Back Garden. Available Monthly Only

                73517 Haystack Rd, Palm Desert, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Palm Desert, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Shopping District are also within 3 miles (5 km).