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The Living Desert

The Living Desert

When they named the 1,200-acre zoo and botanical garden The Living Desert they weren’t kidding. Mountain lions, wolves, javelins, bobcats, golden eagles, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, leopards and much more abound here in a natural setting nestled at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains reminding one that the early Indians and pioneers were never alone.

Join us for a fun and fascinating journey into the deserts of the world. Bring your family and friends to discover The Living Desert’s exquisite botanical gardens and the natural wonders of the wild animal kingdom. Get closer!


Open daily October 1 – May 31, from 9:00am-5:00pm, last admission at 4:00pm. Closed December 25. Summer hours: Open daily June 1 – September 31, from 8:00am – 1:30pm, last admission at 1:00pm.


Get Living Desert advance tickets here! Morning or afternoon ticket options available. Paper or electronic vouchers available. Get Online Tickets Here!


We are conveniently located in the beautiful cities of Palm Desert and Indian Wells, a short drive from downtown Palm Springs and only minutes from any point in the Coachella Valley. From highway 111, turn south on Portola Avenue, go 1 ½ miles and follow the signs to the main entrance on your left. Plenty of FREE parking.


The more the merrier! Guided tours, special rates and wildlife programs are available for groups of 15 or more with advance reservations. Party and special event facilities are available. Please contact the Facility Rentals Department for group rental information.

The Living Desert
Wildlife & Botanical Gardens
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Sorry no pets allowed

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