The Living Desert

A living valentine for the low desert

Terrence Moore

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Palm Desert,  California
You’ll be happy enough tromping along the wildflower-dotted trails at the Living Desert—part 1,200-acre wilderness preserve and part zoo, botanical garden, and nursery. But prepare yourself: The minute you lay eyes on the knobby-kneed, all-legs baby giraffe frolicking on the hillside, you’re a goner. Let’s just say that your camera battery should have a full charge. Late afternoon is especially gorgeous as the sun begins setting behind the snowcapped peaks, and the place feels like yours.
Last Reviewed February 2012


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