PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS – If you’re looking to visit the best zoo in America, you need no farther than the Coachella Valley’s back yard.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens was recently named the Best Zoo in America by 24/7 Wall Street.

According to the website, to identify the best 20 zoos, “24/7 looked at a total of 272 zoos, all of which were within the zoo category on Yelp or near the top 1,000 U.S. cities by population. Only zoos with at least 50 Yelp reviews were considered. The ranking is based on the average rating and number of reviews.”

According to the 24/7 Wall Street website, The Living Desert tops the list of 20, which also includes Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Denver Zoo, and Santa Barbara Zoo, among others.

“The Living Desert is honored by this recognition,” Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert, said in a prepared statement. “This ranking is not based on the usual reader vote, but on an analysis
of Yelp reviews, from actual customer feedback and options. Our guests love The Living Desert and we appreciate them taking the time to share their experiences with others, more so than any other zoo in the country.”

24/7 Wall Street runs a financial news and opinion company with content delivered across the Internet. The company’s articles are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals including The Huffington Post, and

The Living Desert is open daily from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the last admission at 1 p.m. through Sept. 30. Starting Oct. 1, the Zoo returns to regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information click here or call 760-346-5694.

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 destination 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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  • Giraffe at the Living Desert: The Living Desert