Thinking about something to do in Coachella Valley that will be fun and interesting for you and your visitors? Exploring The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is the thing to do! The Living Desert is a wildlife preservation facility for animals specific to desert climates. Many of these species are already in danger of becoming extinct. Established as a non-profit in 1970, The Living Desert has steadily expanded its grounds and exhibits to provide a unique wildlife viewing experience for an increasing number of visitors.
My company and I visited The Living Desert during the holidays. The park is divided into Regions, and when you enter, Africa is to your right and North America is on the left. The ticket taker told us we had 1 hour left for the giraffe feeding so we bee-lined there. We were immediately enraptured when we saw these majestic animals strutting around their enclosure, which also included an ostrich. We got in line to donate our money for carrots to feed them. There’s an elevated platform that gives you an amazing face-to-face experience. Their tongues are purple-gray and so long. It’s almost surreal when the giraffes reach for the carrots. The giraffe feeding totally thrilled all my visitors.
After that, we followed the path and saw other African animals like the Greater Kudu, Ankole Cattle, Warthogs. Part of the family went into the Petting Kraal, and my group moved on to the leopard. It was pacing in circles in front of the window, which is almost like being in the same room as this tough kitty! This up close experience was hard to leave.
The next exhibit that really enchanted us was the Cape Porcupine family. The quills were long and inhibiting, but very beautiful to watch from a distance! After the porcupines was the Cheetah area, and we saw three from a distance stealthily moving about. We passed African Wild Dogs, Grevy’s Zebra and were lucky to see the herd of Big Horned Sheep.
We were exploring The Living Desert Zoo for two hours and still had more to do such as the butterfly garden. In addition to the zoo and gardens, one of The Living Desert’s signature events is the Annual Brews at the Zoo. The next one is February 9, 2019. There are also three hiking trails that range from easy to more adventurous. On our way out, we took some time to view an expansive model train exhibit that is setup in a Christmas theme during the holiday season.
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