If you and your family are headed off to the desert here in the near future, I highly recommend visiting the living desert!
We recently took a family getaway out to Palm Desert and while we always enjoy sitting by the pool with some rest and relaxation, we felt like we needed to get out and explore some of the fun family activities in the desert.
We simply headed over to TripAdvisor.com and type in Things to Do in Palm Desert and there you have it! Visiting the Living Desert is the first thing to come up. You can buy your tickets right there on the TripAdvisor. So the next morning it was just a few minute drive from the main strip in Palm Desert.I would definitely check out the times is open depending on the time of year you are visiting. We visited during the Summer and they had adjusted hours due to the heat. We were more than HAPPY to get up and at it earlier before the Summer heat.
For those not familiar with what The Living Desert, it is an zoo/organization dedicated to preserving and conserving portions of the desert. They have exhibits containing animals and plants from different regions and populations that live in the desert.
One of our favorites exhibits is feeding the giraffes. They are so sweet and cute and oh my goodness, I couldn’t get enough of them.
Its cost a few dollars right at the exhibit to get the chance to feed the giraffes.There are volunteers right there with you providing a ton of information about the giraffes. We learned that those tongues are about the same length in inches as they are feet high. So our friend here had about an eighteen inch tongue!!!!!! This is another things to definitely check the website for feeding times. I believe most of the feeding times are a few hours in the morning, so if this is on your list to do while you are visiting the Living Desert, check it out. They have one of the cutest petting kraal too. Lots of sweet goats and other domestic animals from Africa that you can interact with. As with most of the areas around the Living Desert, there were incredible volunteers talking to us about not only the animals in the kraal, but in the surrounding areas. We learned so much from all the amazing volunteers. The layout of the park is sort of one large loop where you are able to move from exhibit to exhibit seeing different desert animals from different regions of the world. There are shows and interactive stops along the way where you can see the different animals in closer up and in some cases get to touch them. We had a fabulous time visiting the Living Desert, and I highly recommend checking it out the next time you and the family are in Palm Desert or the surrounding areas!