So you’re visiting Palm Desert, and you’ve been golfing the entire trip. Now, you’re looking for other things to do, but not sure what. It seems everywhere you turn is another golf course, beckoning you, calling you to its greens. You’re ready for something different, but not wanting to turn to another mall that can be found anywhere in any city. Why not check out the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens? With over 1,000 acres, this combination desert preserve, desert botanical garden and zoo are a sure way to break the monotony. Open daily; they close only for Christmas, December 25th. During the summer, from June 1st to September 30th, their hours are 8 am to 1:30 pm, October 1st through May 31st, they are open from 9 am to 5 pm, making it easy to spend a morning or an entire day exploring through their desert trails.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ botanical areas give an immersive effect, recreating geographical fauna as though you were there. From the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of Texas, the Yuman deserts of Arizona, the Mohave and Upper Colorado deserts of California to the African Savannah or Madagascar plains, you can find yourself within a recreation of geographically local plant life. As you walk along these gorgeous recreations of desert landscapes, you will also find exhibits of animals from the areas in which these plants are located.
With several miles of untouched desert trails that lead you through the park, if you get tired of walking, there is a shuttle that cruises through the park every fifteen-minutes that has eleven stops along its route to get you to your desired destination. If you get hungry or thirsty throughout your visit, there are several guest dining options to stop at and refresh yourself. They even have a stop to feed their herd of giraffes, should you choose to get an up close and personal visit with the tallest of desert mammals. For an even closer look, the Village WaTuTu is the park’s petting zoo where you, or your children, can show your love of animals and have a bit of fun.
Make a stop at the Tennity Amphitheater where twice a day, there are informative and fun shows, entertaining you and helping you gain a better understanding of the desert wildlife within the park. There are a number of group, personal and private tours available, with reservations, including behind-the-scenes, walking and guided tours to let you get a better view of what happens within the park. If you desire, take the time to stop at the Tennity Wildlife and Conservation Center, which serves as a veterinarian hospital and education center where you can learn more about what it takes for the care and upkeep of the park and possibly even view a procedure taking place!
Stay at the Mojave Resort
Enjoy your stay at the Mojave Resort while taking the time to visit the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Located within five minutes from the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the Mojave Resort offers the lowest rates available by booking directly at www.resortmojave.com.