Become a Member

Your membership pays for itself in as few as two visits per year!

Already a member? Keep the perks going for another year!

Member Perks

Becoming a member at The Living Desert not only offers an excellent value and a host of benefits, it also supports the Zoo’s world-class animal care and 80+ conservation initiatives in deserts here and around the world!

Discover the wild perks of becoming a member today!

Unlimited daytime admission for 12 full months

NEW! Exclusive discounts at 50+ local businesses, including dining, shopping, lodging, and attractions!

Access to member-only programs and events + discounts on Zoo programs and activities

10% discount at the cafes, restaurants, and the Appel Gift Shop

Members-only printed subscription to Foxpaws magazine
(3 issues/year)

Reciprocity program with more than 150 partner zoos, aquariums, gardens and arboretums

Members Save Around the Valley!

Members at The Living Desert enjoy exclusive discounts at more than 50 attractions and businesses around the Coachella Valley!

Summer Memberships

All the fun, at half the price!

Enjoy all of the benefits of membership with our LIMITED-TIME summer memberships.

Valid June 1 – September 30

Individual Summer


One designated adult
Dual Summer


Two designated adults

Family Summer


Two designated adults and two designated children under 18
Family Plus Summer


Three designated adults and four designated children under 18

*All memberships require adults to be named individuals and a valid photo ID is required for admittance.

Individual and Family Memberships

Giraffe Feeding

Individual Membership


One designated adult
The Living Desert

Dual Membership


Two designated adults
Tara Howard

Family Membership


Two designated adults and two designated children under 18
Giraffe Feeding

Family Plus Membership


Three designated adults and four designated children under 18

*All memberships require adults to be named individuals and a valid photo ID is required for admittance.

Guardian Society Memberships

Take your support of The Living Desert a step further with our Guardian Society memberships. A portion of all Guardian Society memberships are tax deductible, and you’ll be helping The Living Desert create a lasting impact on our natural spaces.

Membership Perks

Admission for 2 named adults and 4 children (under 18 years of age)
Access to Zoo concierge to assist with visit planning, tours, and more
Exclusive special events

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I purchase a membership?

There are several ways to purchase a membership:

  1. For the fastest service, join online now!
  2. On your next visit to The Living Desert, stop by the Guest Services office to join in person.
  3. Give us a call in the Membership office at (760) 346-5694.

When you arrive at the park, proceed straight to the entrance and present your membership card and photo ID for Zoo admission. Throughout the park, you can show your membership card for discounts at various locations including the gift shop, giraffe feeding, Kookaburra Cafe, Churro Stop, Thorn Tree Grill, Safari Soft Serve, and Crash Cafe.

To activate your member discount on special event tickets, call (760) 346-5694, or, when booking online, select the “Member Tickets” option on the event page and enter your Membership ID number. For private tours, the tour request form will allow you to specify that you are a member so that you can receive your discount.

Members at The Living Desert have access to exclusive discounts and benefits at 50+ organizations across the Coachella Valley. Click here for the full list of participating locations.

To redeem your benefits, simply present your membership card from The Living Desert and a Valid ID at participating locations.

Guest passes are automatically loaded onto your membership card and will be deducted as you bring guests. If you would like them printed to give away, we would be happy to assist you at the Guest Services office.

(Guest passes are only available at the Guardian Society membership level.)

Your annual membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you receive a full 12 months of Zoo and Garden fun!

You can order a replacement card by contacting us at (760) 346‑5694 or You can also request a replacement card at the Guest Services office. Additional cards are subject to a $5 replacement fee.

Yes! For a list of over 150 zoos, aquariums, gardens, and arboretums that offer discounted or free admission to The Living Desert members, click here.

No. Memberships are non-transferable and are valid only for the person (or persons) named on the card.

No, but you may purchase a guest pass at a discounted rate.

A portion of your Guardian Society membership payment is tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

Please note this applies to Guardian Society members only.