The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260 Map · Phone number
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4.9 out of 5.0
Guest capacity 25 to 500
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About The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a unique and fun wedding event venue located in Palm Desert, California. The truly young at heart will enjoy celebrating their special day amidst swaying palm trees, desert breezes and, of course, a fun zoo for all ages.

Facilities and Capacity
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens has a number of venues including six beautiful ceremony sites and seven reception venues. Each venue offers specific services and features. The Palm Garden Patio, a lush oasis encircled with beautiful palm trees, is where you can dance the night away free from distractions of the outside world. The District Commissioner’s House, filled with early 20th century antiques, is where you and your guests will be complemented by an Amur leopard.

Services Offered
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens offers unique services and features. Services provided include:

  • Bridal showers
  • Engagement parties
  • Rehearsal dinners
  • Ceremonies
  • Receptions
  • Setup and cleanup
  • Event planning
  • In-house catering
  • Lighting and sound
  • Chairs and tables
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9 Reviews for The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Recommended by 99% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Jackie

    Jackie Schart Parker · Married on 01/18/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Best wedding venue hands down!!

    Wow! This venue exceeded our expectations! Jared and the events team went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. Our guests can not stop talking about our wedding. Every step was thoughtful,professional, and they made the entire wedding planning process enjoyable. Paul the catering manager was also a true professional and delight to work with. The food was delicious and beautiful. Setup was easy for the guests to navigate and his team made the experience so special. All the staff were top notch, and the animal keepers were over the top amazing! They spent so much time talking with the guests about the giraffes and making sure the feeding experience was awesome for both the animals and the guests. I can’t say enough about this group! I consider them all family and I look forward to using this venue again in the future and recommending them highly for any event, but if you want the most memorable wedding this venue has it ALL!
    Thank you Jared!!

    Sent on 01/19/2020
  • Shannon

    Shannon Davis · Married on 06/04/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Breathtakingly beautiful,outdoor desert venue. Highly Recommended

    We loved every minute of planning and hosting our wedding here! The staff were amazing. They care so much about the amnimals, the venue, and about our event! They had many many reccomendations, which we greatly appriciated. The prices was reasonable and lower than almost any venue we found in the area, but no a thing about the evening felt cheap. I read in someone else's review 'the venue was so beautiful, all we had to do was bring chairs'. That was SO TRUE. Don't waste your time, energy, and money trying to beautify the venue, it's already AMAZING!!
    We used Savannah's landing for the ceremony, the cactus garden for the happy hour, and the Palm Garden for the reception. Our guests had so much fun traveling around the zoo for different events all night.
    Recommendations:
    1) Do the animal encounter. We almost cut it because we didn't think our guests would care or like it, but they LOVED it!!
    2) Give yourself more time than you think to do photos, there are photo opts EVERYWHERE!!!
    3) The house caterer was great and really easy to coordinate with - no need to pay to bring someone else in.
    4) We rented a bus to get guests to and from Palm Springs. The drive is further than it seems.
    5) Really, don't worry too much about the decorations, they will get lost in the beauty of the zoo & desert.

    I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A FUN FILLED, BEAUTIFUL, OUTDOOR WEDDING!!

    Sent on 04/26/2019

    The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens 's reply:

    Shannon and Miles,
    Thank you for such an amazing review. You two were such a delight to work with. We so appreciated how much you two and all your guests enjoyed the different venues and animal interactions. You are so right about allowing more time for photos and yours are proof that we supply a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful couple. Best wishes to you and thank you again for taking the time to share your experience of your special day with us.

    Sheree
  • Sara

    Sara Beck · Married on 11/03/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Everyone said its the best wedding they have ever been to!

    Honestly, can't say enough good things about The Living Desert. The staff was great (and when you book here, there end up being A LOT of people involved) and the atmosphere was unbeatable. We got to feed giraffes and high five porcupines on our wedding day...WHAT! Such an unforgettable day and we feel so lucky to have had it at a unique venue.

    Sent on 01/03/2019

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The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Clean Up
    Parking
    Set Up
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 18.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Open Bar
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    500
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    25
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    12
  • Describe your venue:
    Art Gallery
    Park
    Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    June
    July
    August

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement

  • Jennifer Yount Photography Wedding Photographers

    What can I say, The Living Desert will always be special to us. Luke and I chose The Living Desert for our own wedding! Working with them has been a great experience. AND Who can ever complain or compare to guest interactions with a high-fiving porcupine, a hawk and an armadillo at your cocktail hour?!

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  • 47900 Portola Ave. Palm Desert, CA, 92260 See on map
    7603460301 (Phone number)
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