Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

The Living Desert

Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation

four stars

94.28

47900 Portola Avenue Palm Desert, CA 92260
tel: (760) 346-5694   Web Site
EIN: 95-3385354

Board Leadership
Bill Appel
Chairman

CEO
Allen Monroe
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.28 four stars
  Financial 98.85 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.

The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of visitors
512,615
Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization
62,643
Number of Global Conservation Partners
28
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

98.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
85.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.11
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Living Desert on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Living Desert on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,323,281
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $674,423
   Fundraising Events $1,560,332
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,558,036
   Program Service Revenue $8,807,355
Total Primary Revenue $17,365,391
   Other Revenue $2,799,496
TOTAL REVENUE $20,164,887
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,471,150
   Administrative Expenses $867,357
   Fundraising Expenses $1,279,384
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,617,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,546,996
   
Net Assets $82,296,915

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$302,692 2.07% Allen Monroe President, CEO

Mission

The Living Desert was established in March 1970 as a 360 acre wilderness preserve. Today it is one of the most unique institutions in the country and stands out as the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the deserts of the world and is the only zoological and botanical park specializing in just one entire ecosystem. The Living Desert has set aside 1,000 acres of natural desert habitat. We foster, through interpretive exhibits, programs and publication, an awareness of and an appreciation for, the variety of plants and animals in worldwide desert ecosystems.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Living Desert (CA) 94.28 four stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.38 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 95.34 four stars
Woodland Park Zoo (WA) 89.90 three stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
tel: (760) 346-5694
fax: (760) 568-9685
EIN: 95-3385354

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Board Leadership

Bill Appel
Chairman

CEO

Allen Monroe
President, CEO