• KMIR Cares: The Living Desert

    It’s one of our deserts most treasured attractions. The Living desert attracts 1000’s of locals and tourists alike every year because of their impressive landscape, animal habitats, activities, and more. And now there’s a brand new reason to visit! It’s a breathtaking wildlife zoo in our own backyard! The Living Desert’s gates opened in March […]

  • April the Giraffe Is Pregnant Again — And Yes, Oliver Is the Father

    April the Giraffe, the long-necked, spotted beauty from New York’s Animal Adventure Park who captivated the globe for months as she prepared for the birth of her fourth calf last year, is pregnant again. The upstate zoo she calls home made the announcement live on the “Today” show Wednesday morning. And yes, Oliver is the father. “The […]

  • The Living Desert Has Been Nominated for ‘Best Zoo’

    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has been nominated in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest! An expert panel selected The Living Desert as a contender for Best Zoo, which just launched. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. A person can vote once a day for […]

  • The Living Desert Announces Birth of Female Giraffe Calf

    Palm Desert, CA On Sunday, August 27, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens welcomed a female giraffe calf to the herd – born to mother, Dadisi, and father, Hesabu. The female calf weighs in at 143 pounds and stands 5 feet 11 inches tall. The calf, officially named Shellie Muujiza, through a generous gift of […]

  • Heartbreak at The Living Desert as Giraffe Passes Away Unexpectedly

    Palm Desert, CA The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is heartbroken to share that Pona, one of our beloved male giraffes, passed away unexpectedly overnight. The Living Desert’s animal care staff and experts will work to conduct a necropsy (animal autopsy) to determine Pona’s cause of death. It could be months before all tests and […]

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