The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Wonderfully Wild.

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Zoo to Open After Dark on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Contact: Erin Scott

Sr. Marketing & Public Relations Manager

760-346-5694 x. 2610

It’s time to enjoy Safari Nights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens every Friday evening in September from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Explore The Living Desert under the light of the moon. Guests can visit both the African and North American sides of the park and see many of the Zoo’s favorite animals including giraffe, zebra, cheetah, African wild dogs, leopard, and more.

Safari Nights activities include an astronomy station, bat detecting station, scorpion walk, arts and crafts, and animal chats. Carousel rides and giraffe feedings will be available for an additional fee.

“Safari Nights are fun for the whole family, with a date, or even solo,” said Mark Miller, The Living Desert’s Director of Park Services. “Seeing the wonders of the Zoo at night is an amazing experience and we invite everyone to join us at The Living Desert.”

The popular band Vintage Vibe, playing everything from classic rock and rhythm and blues to the hits of the ‘70s through today, will entertain every Friday night in the Palm Garden. Plus, food, beverages, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the park. The gift shop also will be open during Safari Nights.

Nocturnal Tram Guided Tours of North America will be available for those searching for a personal guided tour and a ride. The hour-long tours begin at 7:10 p.m. or 8:20 p.m. The cost is $20 per person plus admission. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged.

Admission to Safari Nights is $12 for members, $14 adults and $8 children ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free. Guests must be 21 and older and show a valid photo I.D. to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Safari Nights will be held Fridays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2019. For more information call (760) 346-5694 or visit

About the Living Desert:

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit



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