The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Saturday, March 10

Living Desert Zoo_giraffe  Living Desert Zoo

Experience one of the most unique zoos in the U.S. This is a very scenic and informative place where you do not feel like you are in a zoo. The Living Desert was established in 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum who foresaw the impact that resort development would have on their local desert ecosystem. This vision led to the establishment of an interpretive nature trail and preserve in Palm Springs. The gardens showcase the diversity of forms adopted by plants found growing in the harsh conditions typical of the world’s deserts. Over 1,400 different species of plants are represented in the many gardens that constitute The Living Desert’s plant collection.
Embark on a two hour safari tram tour of the grounds led by a nature guide. You’ll see remarkable plants, animals and natural phenomena associated with deserts and discover how The Living Desert is helping to interpret and protect them. Stops will be made at the major animal exhibits. In addition, you have an exclusive showing of the District Commissioner’s House which has a panoramic view of the Amour Leopard. There is a stop at the Wildlife Hospital where you will be able to see the state-of-the-art equipment the veterinarians use to keep the zoo’s animals healthy. After the tour, enjoy a no-host lunch in one of the cafes and giraffe feeding ($6 added fee). The Living Desert offers an experience like no other.

Fee: Book Early for $88. For booking made after 2/16, fee will increase to $98.
Guide: Staff
Activity Level: Easy (Moderate if you plan to do a lot of walking around the zoo)
Depart: 8 AM. Return: approx 5:30 PM.

• Includes transportation, entrance fee and safari tram tour.
• Wear very comfortable walking shoes. Dress casually and in layers of clothing for cool and/or warm weather.
• Cameras, bottled water, snacks or boxed lunch are great to bring along.
• Sunscreen and/or hat is recommended.

Excursion Rules & Regulations:
• Refunds will be granted no later than five working days before the excursion. There will be a $25 cancellation fee if the excursion is full and a replacement can be found. No refunds will be granted after the excursion has taken place.
• The bus will depart on time. Pick up and drop off at MiraCosta College, Oceanside Campus, Parking Lot 1A. Day parking permits are required at MiraCosta College, Oceanside Campus. Parking permit may be purchased from machine in Parking Lot 1-A. Day parking fee is $1.
• Anyone missing the bus will not receive a refund.
• MiraCosta College reserves the right to make itinerary changes if necessary.
• Any excursion may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
• Seating arrangements on the bus will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
• Those who have difficulty sitting at the rear of the bus are advised to arrive early.
• No smoking is permitted on the bus.

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