This Desert Dweller Shares His Love for Animals and His Favorite Spots to Frequent in Palm Springs

Turns Out, Allen Monroe Has a Propensity for Adventure!

Name: Allen Monroe 
Job Title: President/CEO of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Resident of: Palm Desert
Local Living: 7 years Palm Desert Attractions


3 Reasons I Love Working at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens:

-We have a top-notch and educated team.
-I love watching little kids have their first encounter feeding giraffes.
-After a long day, I have the whole place to myself!


Keep Calm and Curry On Palm Desert Attractions

While leading a group on a safari adventure through Southeast Asia a few years ago, I fell in love with the cuisine of Thailand. At My Thai, Owner and Chef Sathin Henderson incorporates her family recipes and dials up the spice! Over the last six months, they have adapted for the community, offering takeout and delivery options.

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See You at Seymour’s

Seymour’s is a great place to meet some friends and spend the evening chatting over hand-crafted cocktails. The retro speakeasy vibe makes it easy to imagine a simpler time. Grab a seat on their outdoor patio and watch the sun dip behind the mountains.


Off to the Zoo

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The Living Desert is a world-class conservation organization and a cultural jewel right here in the Coachella Valley. There is nothing better than an early-morning walk through the gardens, watching the desert animals. The Living Desert also manages 1200-plus acres of wilderness nature reserve behind the zoo, which has several hiking trails with different levels of difficulty.


Sugar, Sugar Palm Desert Attractions

When I have time for more than lunch at my desk, I like to push my Toyota Supra through its paces on the curves of Hwy 74 and go up the hill to get some of the best barbeque brisket this side of Texas. Jalapeño cornbread and freshly made pies from The Sugarloaf Cafe will twist your arm to give up the keto diet.

Dedicated to the Job

I have spent my entire career as a conservation biologist working to share my love of animals and the pressures the natural world is under with the public. At The Living Desert, more than 100,000 school-aged kids get to hear that message every year. My hope is that they will grow up and make good decisions about the use of natural resources and protect natural habitats.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260



Photography Provided By: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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