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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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United States of America - California - Palm Desert

Institution Code: LDCA

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Mission: Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.

Main Address:
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert
California 92260 United States of America

Telephone: (760) 346-5694 ext. 2255
Fax: (760) 568-9685
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Allen Monroe, President & CEO ; Peter Siminski, Director of Conservation and Education
    Curator's Name: Kirk Anderson, Garden Collections Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sybil Rivera, Botanical Garden Registrar
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 9
    Educational Staff Number: 7
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1970
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 405 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 551 Hectares
    Latitude: 33.6960530
    Longitude: -116.3734950
    Annual Rainfall: 89 mm
    Altitude: 604.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 300000
    Number of Volunteers: 600

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2837
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2600
  • Special Collections:Agavaceae, Burseraceae, Cactaceae, Asphodelaceae, Desert trees & shrubs, Native plants - Africa, Native plants of Mohave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Viscaino region, Chihuahuan Desert, Butterfly Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Baja and California.Native Bee Garden

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes