You will also find out about one of the most unusual institutions in the United States. There isn’t a single word to describe all that The Living Desert is and does. We must string words together, like beads: zoo and endangered species conservation center – botanical gardens – natural history museum – wilderness park – nature preserve – education center. The thread that holds all the beads together is the word “desert.”
There are several animal exhibits including African and North American species that thrive in the desert. Animals such as Arabian oryx, several species of gazelle, sand cats and fennec foxes, all call the desert home. Almost all are critically endangered, largely because modern hunting equipment – jeeps, helicopters, telescopic sights and automatic weapons – has given man an immense advantage over animals in the desert.
The Living Desert has worked many years to successfully increase the world’s population of slender-horned gazelles, sand cats, addax and Arabian oryx.
Not all African species in our collection are endangered. Aardwolves, camels, dik diks, hornbills, meerkats, rock hyrax, warthogs and zebras, everything from A to Z, can be found in the African animal exhibits at The Living Desert.
Most zoos feature exotic animals from other parts of the world. Here at The Living Desert, we include animals that live in our own ecosystem, the deserts of North America.
There are several kinds of gardens here:
Come explore the living desert!
The Living Desert
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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