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Palm Desert, CA safari
Photo by Saxon Holt; written by MacKenzie Geidt

A Palm Desert safari made for spring

You’ll be happy enough tromping along the wildflower-dotted trails at the Living Desert—part 1,200-acre wilderness preserve; 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 (we call him Mr. Gangles but officially he’s Majani), 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. $14; livingdesert.org

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