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

Upcoming Zoo Events

Hoppy Hour- Every Tuesday and Thursday

November 16, 2023 - February 29, 2024

Transport yourself to the enchanting land Down Under, right here in the heart of the Coachella Valley! Join us every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm at the Kookaburra Cafe for a journey featuring all the best sights, sounds, and savory flavors! Hosted on a patio overlooking the stunning Australian Adventures habitat, you'll enjoy exclusive Hoppy Hour appetizers and half-off...

Me & You at the Zoo

October 3, 2023 - April 30, 2024

Join us at the Hoover Education Center each week for an hour of guided exploration and fun experiential activities, designed for toddlers and their accompanying adults.

This event is free for members or with paid park admission.


November 22, 2023 - December 30, 2023

Celebrate the season at The Living Desert's cherished holiday event. Returning for its 31st season, WildLights will feature several new and reimagined light displays, and more than three million dazzling lights throughout the park. This year's event will delight both longtime fans and first-time visitors!

Zoo Families: Wildly Diverse!

December 9, 2023

Not all animal families look alike! This family program invites you and your pride to learn about the animal families here at The Living Desert. The event includes an up-close animal experience, story time, a craft, tram tour, and admission to the zoo afterwards.

WildLights Adults Only Night (21+)

December 14, 2023

Come see the Zoo in a whole new light — three million lights that is — at this special adults-only edition of WildLights, featuring on site broadcast crew from MIX 100.5!

Winter ZooCamp

December 27, 2023 - January 5, 2024

In these three-day camps, grades K-9 will be enthralled by the wonders of wildlife as they engage in special activities, arts and crafts, up-close animal encounters, and more!

Teacher Open House

January 20, 2024

Teachers and educators are invited to The Living Desert on Saturday, January 20 to learn about school field trips and upcoming educational programs then, afterwards, enjoy the Zoo!

International Desert Conservation Summit

February 2, 2024 - February 4, 2024

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excited to host its International Desert Conservation Summit. The event will be a significant gathering of experts from around the world focused on saving deserts and the animals, plants and communities that call the desert home.

Winter Mini ZooCamp

February 19, 2024 - February 20, 2024

In this one-day ZooCamp, your junior adventurer will get creative as they learn about wildlife and their natural surroundings through hands-on activities, crafting, special animal encounters, and more. These STEAM based activities are designed for grades K through 6. 

2024 Zoobilee Gala

February 24, 2024

We celebrated our 30th Annual Zoobilee Gala on March 4th, 2023, and it was a WILD success. Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters, we raised more than $1.4 million to continue our mission of saving desert species here and around the world. We're able to make a difference because of your support, and that’s why we’re wild about you. Save the date for next year's Zoobilee gala—...

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