PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS — With triple-digit temperatures predicted on Monday, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens are helping you to beat the heat and have fun.

To take advantage of the cooler desert mornings, beginning Saturday, June 1, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will begin its summer schedule and open an hour earlier for guests. Enjoy all the wildlife exhibits, gardens and special attractions. Plus, discounted Summer Memberships are now available.

From June 1 to Sept. 30, The Living Desert will be open daily 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with last admission at 1 p.m. so you can beat the heat.

Summer memberships, also valid June 1 through Sept. 30, entitle guests to four months of free admission for $30/individuals, $45/dual, $80/family which includes two adults and four children.

Summer hours and memberships offer an opportunity for visitors to take advantage of the extra hour in the early morning when wildlife is most active. Before the heat of the day, many animals can be seen stretching, eating, and playing in the cooler morning temps.

Memberships support The Living Desert’s mission of desert conversation through preservation, education, and appreciation. Summer member benefits include the following:

  • Free daytime admission for June, July, August, and September
  • Purchase guest passes at a discounted rate
  • 7 a.m. Member ONLY early park entry
  • 10% discount at the Gift Shop, Thorntree Grill, Safari Soft-Serve, and the Churro Stop.
  • Discounts on programs and classes

Visit other zoos, aquariums, and gardens at a free or reduced admission. For a full list of Zoos and Aquariums who participate in the AZA Reciprocity Program click here.

Coinciding with the summer hours, The Living Desert’s nature preserve hiking trails and carousel will be closed and will reopen Oct. 1.

For details about summer membership, and The Living Desert click here or call (760) 346-5694. The Living Desert has a free, interactive app available to download on smartphones and tablets.


About The Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or click here.


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