Monday, March 21, 2011

The Living Desert

The Living Desert was established in 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum who foresaw the impact that resort development would have on their local desert ecosystem.  1,000 acres (of the 1,800) remain in their natural state and the first rate facility is home to a great number of desert animals from around the world.

Grévy's Zebra is the largest of three species of zebra

Bill and I visited The Living Desert, on our first trip to Palm Springs, in February of 2008 when I was gathering reference material for my big cats solo show called WILD!  I was thrilled to see as well as bobcats here, this cougar here ...

The cougar with a serious stare
Daily, there are two Wild Wonders Shows at the park's amphitheatre which are always worth taking in.  Among the animals featured at the 2pm show on March 18th was this serval.  As a lover of the world's wild cats, he was, for me, the best in the show!

From the African Savannah, a serval

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