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How You Can Support The Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is committed to protecting desert wildlife and we couldn’t do it without you!

Support Through Financial Donations

The Living Desert is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which receives no ongoing municipal tax support. We are supported solely by the generosity of individuals like you. 


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Ways to Give

From one-time donations to legacy gifts, explore how you can  make a lasting impact on our mission of desert conservation.

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Capital Campaign

Join our Capital Campaign, a transformative initiative to expand habitats, enhance guest experiences, further our impact on global wildlife initiatives, and make a difference for the desert wildlife we all love.

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As a member, you’ll enjoy unlimited visits to the Zoo and exclusive benefits, all while supporting the efforts The Living Desert spearheads locally and globally to protect endangered desert species, preserve desert biodiversity, and inspire the next generation of conservationists.

Zoo Adoptions

Embrace a closer connection with The Living Desert by adopting an animal or a train. Each adoption offers a unique way to show your support, bringing you into our family and making a tangible difference in our educational and conservation endeavors.


Adopt an Animal

With each animal adoption, you forge a unique connection to the wild, directly contributing to conservation and habitat preservation efforts. It’s a meaningful way to engage with and support the animal kingdom, bringing a touch of the wild into your life.
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Adopt a Train

Your adoption of a train steams ahead into the heart of conservation, keeping the tracks laid for future generations to explore and learn from our detailed G-scale exhibit.

Latest News from the Field


Desert Hot Springs Trail Clean-up

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In partnership with The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the City of Desert Hot Springs is hosting a community Trail Clean-Up in celebration of their 60th Anniversary. Become an Agent of…
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Support Through Giving Time

A world of difference awaits with The Living Desert’s volunteer opportunities: Adults enhance our mission through hands-on support, and ZooTeens discover a unique educational adventure that shapes their understanding of conservation.

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