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A day at the zoo in Riverside

A zoo that is not just for kids.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a botanical garden and a zoo all in one.  It’s located at the top of the hill in Palm Desert, about 20 minutes south of Palm Springs in Riverside County. 

If you are coming from Los Angeles take the 10 freeway, exit at Palm Springs, drive through town, and make a right on Pines to Palm Highway (#74).

If your near Lake Elsinore you can take the 74 highway over the mountains and the zoo is just a few minutes off the highway.

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The facility was established in 1970 as a 360-acre  wilderness preserve by the Palm Springs Desert Museum. They started with only a fox, tortoises, lizards, and two sheep. In the mid 1970’s the area was rebuilt, and additional facilities were added, including greenhousesmodel trains, and improved gardens. New animals included: gazelles, mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, cheetahs, warthogs, hyenas, giraffes and ostriches. 

The Living Desert now provides a large variety of interactive attractions, entertaining shows, and educational shows. Camel Rides, Giraffe feedings, and other animal encounters are the must-see events.  It’s important to know that The Living Desert is a private zoo that operates as a non-profit.

Most people that attend the zoo are from out of town, and are in town for the weekend or longer vacation. 

There are so many wonderful places to stay in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, or Palm Springs. The areas offers some of the most luxurious hotels, moderatly priced hotels and motels, themed motels, and of course there are many homes for rent anytime of the year.

Often people with large families or groups chose to travel by Party Bus to and from the various events of the day.  This way they can pack the bus with all their needs for the day and not have to rent multiple cars. 


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If you are in need of any transportation in Riverside county, contact us for assistance.  

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