Tuesday, May 01, 2012
FRANKLIN AVENUE IN PALM SPRINGS: The Living Desert
"A zoo in the desert?" asks the promo material for The Living Zoo, located in Palm Desert, not far from Palm Springs. Indeed, it seems like an inhospitable environment for a zoo -- but then again, the earth itself can be a pretty inhospitable place. And as you can see above, the Living Desert boasts some major exhibits, including giraffes and desert animals like coyotes.
Of course, young kids will probably be even more intrigued by the major model railway, which includes miniaturized versions of Southern California and U.S. landmarks. The zoo also boasts a carousel and a play area.
The Living Desert is open every day from October 1 to May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the summer, the zoo closes at 1 p.m. (for obvious heat-induced reasons). Tix are $14.25 for adults and $12.75 for seniors, military, AAA card holders. Kids 3-12 are $7.75 and the little ones under 3 are free. Best part: If you're a member of the L.A. Zoo, the Living Desert will offer tix at 50% off -- not bad.
Zebra find some shade.
Rock and cactus garden at the Living Desert.
The Living Desert's model train exhibit.
The mini train's mini Wig Wam Motel.