Living Desert Museum

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in The West | 3 Comments

We came (but not at THIS time of year) to what is now called The Living Desert Garden and Zoo in Palm Desert California. In the past I liked it as a place to see and understand the beauty of the desert. The focus is no longer about the desert.

They now have a huge model railroad layout with what must be miles of track through any number desert and non desert landscapes. This could have been a stand alone exhibit that drew its own crowds. However, it didn’t lack for humor as you can see (below).

It was hard to reconcile a zoo with the desert. As magnificent as a Cheetah is, it isn’t native to any of our deserts. We happened to be there during feeding time. Can you see the ball of meat the animal is waiting to catch?

With a zoo comes the facilities needed to care for them. There were two very modern buildings – one for large animals and one for small.

Something that was a hit for kids was the feeding station for giraffes. Had no idea they had such long tongues.

We ended up back on the original grounds of the museum where the flora and fauna was much more representative of our American deserts. Glad they didn’t change this part.


  1. Pamela Shea
    July 23, 2018

    Great photos. I especially like the butterfly and hummingbird. That train exhibit looks like a wonderful outing for the family, especially Shea.

  2. Lynda
    July 23, 2018

    We enjoy The Living Desert and go annually. The train exhibit is my g’boy’s favorite, along with the beautiful carousel.

  3. Neighbor Susan
    July 24, 2018

    Beautiful! What scale is the railroad?


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