Membership Q and A

Located in Palm Desert and just 15 minutes from Palm Springs, The Living Desert's mission is desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. Click here to become a member. Campers learn about plants and animals, the environment (including our own desert) and what it's like to work at a zoo Quarters for Conservation. Choose a Conservation Project and help protect wild animals and plants around the planet! You can become an important part of The Living Desert's conservation efforts through our Adopt! Program. Brew at the Zoo, Save the Date for the 5th Annual Brew at the Zoo!
How can I purchase a membership?
There are several convenient ways to purchase a membership;
  1. For fastest service, join now on-line!
  2. On your next visit to The Living Desert, just stop by the Membership window located at the front gate.
  3. Give us a call in the Membership Office at 760.346.5694 x 2133.
Can I purchase membership as a gift for someone else?
Yes, at the membership window, or by phone.

How early can I come in with my Living Desert Membership?
All members can come in as early as 7am daily through the "Members Only" gate. The only day we are closed is Christmas Day.

Can I give my guest passes away, or does the guest have to be with me?
Guest passes are loaded onto your membership card and will be deducted as you bring in guests. If you would like them printed to give away, we would be happy to assist you at the membership window.

Is The Living Desert membership based on the calendar year?
Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you receive a full 12 months of zoo and garden fun!

Can I apply the cost of my general admission tickets toward a membership during my visit?
Yes, just save your receipt and we can apply a portion of your admissions on the day of your visit.

What if my membership card is lost or stolen?
You can order a replacement membership card by contacting the Membership Office by emailing or by calling 760-346-5694, ext. 2133 or by making the request at the membership window at the park. There is a $5 fee for replacement cards.

Is my Living Desert membership good at other zoos, aquariums, gardens and arboreta?
Yes! For a list of the over 100 zoos, aquariums and arboreta that offer discounted of free admission to Living Desert members, CLICK HERE.

Can a friend or family member use my membership card?
No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person (or persons) whose name(s) appears on the card. This is why you must show a photo ID when you enter The Living Desert using your membership. As a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on membership and attendance for support, we must prevent misuse of our membership cards.

If the other named adult is unable to come with me, may I bring a guest in their place?
If all the adults on your membership are named, only those adults may use the membership card.

Can my guests also come in at 7 o'clock?
Yes, as long as the guest is with you, they will be able to enter at the member time.

Is my membership payment tax-deductible?
A portion of your payment is tax-deductible. Deductible amounts can be found under the membership levels on the membership Benefits page.

How do I get to The Living Desert?
From Hwy. 111 in Palm Desert, turn south on Portola Ave., go 1.5 miles, follow signs to main entrance.
From Interstate 10 take the Monterey exit and turn south. Go south approximately 6 miles and turn east (left) on Hwy.111. Follow directions above when you reach Portola.

There's plenty of free parking!