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                        The Plaque Commemorates the City’s Ongoing Support of the Zoo
                        PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS, CA • October 27, 2020

                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                        Contact: Erin Scott
                        Sr. Marketing and Public Relations Manager
                        760-346-5694 x.2610

                         Today, October 27, 2020, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens unveiled a commemorative plaque in recognition of the City of Palm Desert’s ongoing support of the Zoo’s conservation programs, operations, and future developments.

                        “The City of Palm Desert has been a wonderful partner of The Living Desert since our founding in 1970,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “The City’s ongoing support has helped enable The Living Desert to grow into what it is today – a world-class conservation organization and treasured community landmark. We are grateful for Palm Desert’s leadership and support of our conservation and education programs, as we embark on the next phase of development – the Crossroads of Conservation expansion bringing endangered African black rhinos to The Living Desert next fall.”

                        The commemorative plaque, located in the Patti and Jack Grundhofer Welcome Plaza, was unveiled during a small, socially-distanced ceremony on Tuesday morning. Accepting the plaque on the City’s behalf was Palm Desert City Councilmembers, Jan Harnik and Susan Marie Weber. Also in attendance were board members of The Living Desert including Deborah Chapman and Nancy Stegehuis.

                        The Living Desert’s Crossroads of Conservation is a three-phase capital expansion project that includes new animal habitat spaces for black rhinos, a state-of-the-art event center, engaging lion habitat, and most importantly, new ways for guests to observe, interact with and learn about desert species. In August, the Zoo broke ground on the next phase of the project, which will bring new animal habitats featuring African black rhinos.

                        The Living Desert is uniquely located in both the City of Palm Desert and the City of Indian Wells. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The Living Desert features expansive animal habitats and immersive gardens that tell the conservation stories of the world’s deserts. New this season, guests can experience the world down under at the immersive Australian Adventures. In this habitat, wallabies roam freely, budgies fly above and guests can watch the playful emu, hear kookaburras sing and discover other native Australian species.

                        The Living Desert is open daily from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. With more than 80 acres of outdoor space, numerous precautions, and limited capacity, there is plenty of space to socially distance. Advance ticket reservations and facial coverings are required.


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