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Updated July 13, 2020


Concerning Governor Newsom’s recent statement regarding the closure of indoor spaces in areas including Riverside County:

Since our recent reopening, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been diligent in following recommendations from the CDC and public health guidelines issued by state and local authorities. Our indoor spaces have remained closed, and as such we are not currently affected by the changes Governor Newsom announced for Riverside County. These orders have been issued as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19, and The Living Desert prioritizes the health and safety of the community, staff, and animals. Please review the policies on our health page at for more information on what we are doing to keep the Zoo a safe space for all. 

Reopening Preparedness Plan

We’re Open and We’ve Missed You!

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is pleased to announce it has been authorized to reopen by the State of California Resilience Road Map and the Riverside County Department of Health with specific COVID-19 precautions. The Zoo and Gardens open to the general public on Monday, June 15, 2020.

We prioritize the health and safety of all guests, staff, volunteers, and animals. To that end, we would like to introduce the new Park rules and policies, which are implemented immediately now that we've reopened.

Key Modifications: 

Please note that these precautions, modifications, and closures are temporary, but are subject to change at any time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide the safest and best experience possible, and navigate state and local public health directives. Guests assume the liability for the potential of exposure to COVID-19.

FAQs – New Operations 

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