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PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS, CA • September 13, 2018

Contact: Erin Scott
Sr. Marketing and Public Relations Manager
760-346-5694 x.2610

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is proud to honor Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. The celebration of culture at the Zoo includes one free child admission for every paid adult on each Saturday and Sunday throughout and culminates in the annual La Gran Fiesta on Saturday, October 13.

“This celebration is the first of many and kicks off the season here at The Living Desert,” said Dawn Petrick, Director of Park Services. “We invite everyone to come out, take advantage of the admission special and enjoy all that the zoo and gardens has to offer.”

La Gran Fiesta will close out the celebration on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and is free for members or with paid park admission. Attendees at the big party will be treated to music by a local Mariachi band and Folklorico dance performers. Guests also will have the opportunity to enjoy a treasure hunt throughout the park and redeem their completed map for a free carousel ride.

During La Gran Fiesta, The Living Desert will also be raising awareness of the plight of the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Current estimates state there are fewer than 30 of these small porpoises left the world. Guests can adopt a vaquita and even create a complimentary take- home craft. As a special gift, the first 1,000 guests through admissions will receive a free pepper plant cultivated and grown at The Living Desert. (One plant per person, while supplies last.)

The Hispanic Heritage Month admission special is valid for daytime general admission only Saturdays and Sundays, September 15-October 14, 2018. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Living Desert, located at 47900 Portola Ave, in Palm Desert is open daily through September 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and October 1 to May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (760) 346-5694 or visit

About the Living Desert:

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit