Celebrating 50 Years of Adventure
Say hi to our camels! Say hi to our camels!


Say hi to our camels!

Meet camels face to face with a member of the animal care team, and learn about these special nomadic animals. This behind-the-scenes tour may include petting, feeding, training sessions or unique photo opportunities. This experience includes one 11x14 painting demonstration by our artistic camel. You may choose colors and watch camels paint. Once the masterpiece is complete you will have your own custom camel painting to take home with you.

Behind-the-Scenes tours also include a two-hour safari of the zoo and gardens with your own guide and private shuttle. Tours stop at every major habitat, and your personal tour guide will lead you throughout the park, weaving animal facts, park history, and more into a fun and engaging experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. You'll visit the state-of-the-art animal hospital and learn about how we provide the highest-level of care for all of our animals, as well as discover how our team works tirelessly to help save species threatened with extinction. You'll also explore the District Commissioner's House; a unique, post-colonial building, closed to the public, for a viewing of the majestic Amur leopard.

Capacity: 2-12 guests

2-4 guests: $200 per person

5-10 guests: $150 per person

11-12 guests: $125 per person

10% discount for Members

Duration: 3 hours

October – May: Daily, 10am

June – September: Daily, 9am


For questions and bookings, contact group sales at (760) 346-9810 or email


Booking and Cancellation Policy for Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Tours must be booked at least 12-days ahead of your desired date. Payment is due at the time of booking. If you need to cancel, we ask that you do so at least 7 days before your tour. If you cancel within 7 days of your tour it is non-refundable. Animal Encounters and Behind-the-Scenes tours can be cancelled at any time by The Living Desert due to animal health, husbandry or other unforeseen circumstances. In any of these cases we can reschedule, accommodate your group with another encounter of a similar value, or refund the total amount for the tour.

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