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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Summer Is Time To ‘Experience’ The Living Desert

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 1:52 PM

Despite record-breaking heat baking the Coachella Valley, from Palm Springs to Thermal last week, local residents and visitors, alike, know the bargain hunters’ creed: “sale prices go down in direct relationship to rises in temperature.”

Just ask any mad-dog or Englishman you see strolling down Palm Canyon Drive in the mid-day sun. The knowledgeable people at Palm Desert’s Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900 Portola Ave, know this mantra very well and have created several “experience packages” which permit a behind-the-scenes look at The Living Desert.

The Summer Chill Tour Package allows guests the opportunity to book a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the jaguar, cheetah, giraffe or Grevy’s zebra habitat as well as a special behind-the-private-tour of the zoo’s warthogs, badgers or camels. A three-hour guided shuttle tour of The Living Desert is also included with this package, available now through Sept. 30.

Those Living Desert members wanting a more personal view of a living desert, are now being offered an unforgettable guided African safari to Botswana, where the livelihood of the small human stage population is closely interwoven with its diverse, unspoiled natural resources.

Closer to home, members of The Living Desert can connect with nature and treat themselves to a unique and relaxing massage in one of the more exclusive spaces in the zoo: the district commissioner’s house overlooking the leopard habitat. A 45-minute private champagne brunch is available after the massage.

Of course, what would a zoo be without children? At The Living Desert, children ages four through 12 can explore natural habitats, encounter exotic animals, discover scientific concepts and have fun under the sun at Summer ZooCamp consisting of weekly sessions during the month of July.

Summer memberships are good now through Sept. 30, and permit exclusive discounts on food, merchandise and giraffe feeding. For more information, visit

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