The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens was recently named to Conde Nast Traveler website’s list of 10 Best Zoos in the U.S. 

The website has this to say about The Living Desert, “Because land is fairly plentiful in the middle of the California desert, seeing the animals here feels a little like stepping onto the set of The Lion King. The desert animals roam free with little inhibition, while visitors can roam the 50 gardens of 1,400 different plant and animal species in what’s undoubtedly the best desert-themed zoo in America.”

The Living Desert joins the list along with San Diego Zoo; Indianapolis Zoo; Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington; St. Louis Zoo; Bronx Zoo; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Alaska Zoo; Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska; and Brookfield Zoo. 

“The Living Desert is extremely proud to make this list along with other prestigious zoos across the country,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “It’s always gratifying to be recognized for our uniqueness and we’ll continue to make it a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests.” 
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The Living Desert is open daily from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the last admission at 1 p.m. through September 30. For more information visit or call 760-346-5694.