Friday, April 26, 2013

The Living Desert

The Living Desert giraffe

On our last day in Palm Desert, Daniel and I visited The Living Desert. It's a zoo and desert nature system that is absolutely incredible. It features desert landscapes from all over the world, as well as many mammals, reptiles and birds that can also be found in desert habitats. We made our way all over the park, exploring the ins and outs and weaving our way through each exhibit. 

What amazed us most was all the wildlife that could be found in the park—animals that weren't part of exhibits—just hanging out in the wild. Everywhere we went, we crossed paths with spiny lizards, hummingbirds, butterflies, and lots of different birds.

The Living Desert rattlesnake
The Living Desert tortoise
The Living Desert tortoise
The Living Desert blooming cactus
The Living Desert macaw
These macaws were really funny!
The Living Desert
The Living Desert
The Living Desert ostrich
The Living Desert giraffe
The Living Desert desert iguana
This is a desert iguana that we found that was in the wild right inside the park.

What a neat park! We arrived at the park at about 10:00 am, so we beat the heat and left just in time to catch some good rays at the pool. We didn't let one moment go to waste during our trip to the desert, that's for sure!

Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Posts:
Joshua Tree National Park │ Indian Canyon │ Palm Springs Aerial Tramway │ The Living Desert │ The Valley of FirePalm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video


Kateri Von Steal said...

That cactus is GORGEOUS! The colors are awesome!

What a great vacation!

Lisa said...

Looks awesome - such great pictures!

Laura at Howdy Girl said...

Those are some great shots!

Vicki Gonzalez said...

I would love to go there! Looks like a great place.

yuli said...


Kelly Ann said...

I love turtles, SO cute!

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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Aw the turtles are so cute!

cjvzheartsyou said...

I have heard that the living desert is really cool! Now I am for sure going to have to go see it! I mean I live like at most an hour away and have never been!

Eesh said...

Looks like so much fun! Really cool photos.


Annelise Rowe said...

I know! I'd never seen a purple and yellow cactus before... I was amazed!

Annelise Rowe said...

It sure was. I didn't realize how HUGE it was going to be. They had everything there!

Annelise Rowe said...

You're so fortunate to live in such a desert paradise! Daniel and I figured we would be outside ALL THE TIME if we lived there!

Annelise Rowe said...

They got so close to me. It was such a neat experience!

Annelise Rowe said...

What!? Had I known you were that close I would have bugged you to drive down and come swimming or to the living desert with us!

Danielle Prater Henderson said...

Hey Aunie! I just wanted to tell you that i LOVE your hair dark! It looks awesome!! My fav! :) Although, I am partial to being a brunette! ;)

Annelise Rowe said...

Aw, thanks so much Danielle! I think this is the longest I've ever kept brunette. It's so easy for me, though my roots keep coming in lighter! I have no idea what the future holds for my hair ... but for now the brunette is fun!

Lily Garay said...

That looks like so much fun!!!

Becca Moss said...

How awesome! Them giraffe's are my fav. they're so pretty! Glad y'all had so much fun. (:

Kelsey Wilburn said...

looks so fun

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