Palm Desert, CA
The Living Desert in Palm Desert was named one of the 10 best zoos in the country by Conde Nast Traveler, calling it “undoubtedly the best desert-themed zoo in America.”
“The Living Desert is extremely proud to make this list along with other prestigious zoos across the country,” said President and CEO Allen Monroe. “It’s always gratifying to be recognized for our uniqueness, and we’ll continue to make it a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests.”
The Living Desert was sixth on Conde Nast Traveler’s list, which was published last week. “Because land is fairly plentiful in the middle of the California
desert, seeing the animals here feels a little like stepping onto the set of `The Lion King,”’ Conde Nast said of the Coachella Valley attraction. “The desert animals roam free with little inhibition, while visitors can roam the 50 gardens of 1,400 different plant and animal species.”
The San Diego Zoo was number one on the list, with the Indianapolis Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, St. Louis Zoo and Bronx Zoo also making the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, and the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.