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The Future of The Living Desert

The Future of The Living Desert

The Next Evolution

Crossroads of Conservation

Through preservation, conservation, education and appreciation, we ensure the future of our cherished desert animals, plants and ecosystems for generations to come. The Living Desert has a history of taking the right actions and making the right investments to ensure our ability to deliver on our mission in an ever-changing landscape. We are at a critical crossroads and invite you to join The Pride as we expand our efforts, welcome more guests and make a larger impact.

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HISTORY OF THE PROJECT ⇨

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens broke ground on May 3, 2017 to mark the start of the three phase, $30 million capital project – The Pride of the Desert – in support of The Living Desert’s critical enhancement and expansion program. Phase 1 – Crossroads of Conservation – will boast a new welcome plaza, visitors services and gift shop. Generous leadership gifts from campaign co-chairs, Patti and Jack Grundhofer, Connie and Bob Lurie and Suzan and Bill Appel, and the Board of The Living Desert spearheaded the project. Construction will be completed and the new entrance will be open to the public Fall 2018.

PHASE 1 – New Entry Plazas ⇨

PHASE 1 – To be completed in November 2018

The Coachella Valley is growing and so is our attendance. Our guests expect exceptional animal care and bigger, more natural exhibits, increased species conservation efforts in the wild and more conservation education. Therefore, we must make investments in three key areas: capacity, engagement and conservation. Expanding our capacity includes modernizing and upgrading the guest experience.

Our new Patti and Jack Grundhofer Plaza – The Crossroads of Conservation – will welcome more than 500,000 guests each year, providing new guest conveniences and amenities including the Suzan and Bill Appel Gift Shop. Visitors will be greeted by animal keepers, informed and engaged volunteer conservation ambassadors, and integrated technologies to guide and inspire people of all ages.

 Financial commitments required: $10 million  

PHASE 2 – Lions, Rhinos and Hyenas ⇨

PHASE 2 – Lions, Rhinos and Hyenas, oh my!

Our guests expect our work to further our impact on global wildlife initiatives and accelerate our ability to make a difference in the world. Therefore, we will deepen our commitment to global conservation by introducing new African species to our care. This will give us all more opportunity to learn about and protect these majestic species such as the lion, rhino and hyena. Expanded animal habitats will enable guests to have an up-close and personal experience with animals in our care, awakening a connection with nature to inspire future agents of conservation.

 Financial commitments required: $15 million 

PHASE 3 – Event Center ⇨

PHASE 3 – Community and Event Center

The Living Desert will create a gathering place, supported in part by a generous gift from Connie and Bob Lurie, for education programs and community events that includes a glass wall looking directly into the lions’ habitat, bringing guests right into the world of the king of the jungle!

 Financial commitments required: $5 million 

NAMING OPPORTUNITIES ⇨

We invite you to publicly show your commitment to the mission of The Living Desert by considering naming a section of the new park. These range from $50,000 to $10 million. Thank you to our current Pride Members who have chosen a naming opportunity.

Patti and Jack Grundhofer Plaza
Suzan and Bill Appel Gift Shop
Connie and Bob Lurie Event Center

Your Opportunity Awaits!
Lion Savannah Habitat
Lion Crossing Bridge
Crossroads of Conservation Interior Plaza
Rhino Savannah
Digital Visitor Center
Lion Experience Pavilion
Hyena Habitat
Lion Enrichment Experience
Rhino Overlook
Animals of the Savannah Habitat
Guest Services Building
Main Shuttle Station
Lion Viewing Windows
Keeper Chat Plaza
Donor Recognition Wall

Call 760-340-5865 or email thepride@livingdesert.org to schedule your private tour to see what we have accomplished and how you can be a part of the future of The Living Desert.

THE PRIDE ⇨

Thank you to our Pride members:

Patti and Jack Grundhofer
Suzan and Bill Appel
Connie and Bob Lurie

Call 760-340-5865 or email thepride@livingdesert.org to schedule your private tour to see what we have accomplished and how you can be a part of the future of The Living Desert.


JOIN THE PRIDE

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