Founded in 1970 as a preserve to protect native flora being threatened by development, The Living Desert has grown into an 1,800-acre zoo and garden, showcasing the plants and endangered animals of the world’s deserts. Free shuttles and walking paths connect the exhibits, which feature local critters from mountain lions to endangered Mexican wolves; African crowd-pleasers including leopards, giraffes and Sahara Desert wild cats (from which house cats are descended), and desert gardens. An African-themed village offers shops and eateries. In November and December, the Wildlights Holiday Festival turns the park into an after-dark fairyland of more than 750,000 twinkling lights.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Animal Life, Tours
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