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Monday Minute - USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice Trail Award

Erin Scott, Senior Manager Brand, Marketing and Public Relations April 26, 2021

We’re excited to share that The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Trail Award in two categories: Best Botanical Garden and Best Zoo. Voting is open now through May 24! Being nominated for Best Zoo in the Readers’ Choice Travel Awards has become an annual honor for which we are so proud. And this year, being recognized as a favorite botanical garden in North America speaks to our growing recognition. Once again, we are asking for the community’s help in voting for us in both categories, every day during the contest, to help us take a top spot on the list.

Best Zoo


The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens connects visitors to the incredible animals of the world’s deserts. Featuring over 500 animals representing 150 species, from giraffes and meerkats to kookaburras and bighorn sheep, there is so much do discover.


Best Botanical Garden


The gardens of The Living Desert, with our towering acacia trees to iconic cactus, bring to life the incredible flora of the world’s deserts featuring over 50 immersive gardens, featuring over 1,400 plant species. 


Vote Every Day


USA Today’s provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields and their cities, but also discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated, and averages 5 million visitors per month.

The top 10 of the 20 nominated will be announced on Friday, June 4. Help us secure the top spots by voting once per day!

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