The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert announced Sunday that it will be closed to the public in accordance with the state-mandated stay-at-home order that will go into effect Sunday evening across Southern California.

“While we are sad to be closing our doors again, we know that it is for the greater health of our staff, guests, and community,” said Allen Monroe, the zoo’s president and CEO. “As always, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the highest level of care to the 500 animals who call The Living Desert home. Our excellent animal care and veterinary team will continue to remain onsite during our temporary closure.”

The regional stay-at-home order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

The zoo closed in March due to coronavirus concerns and reopened in June before this latest closure.

Zoo officials said anyone who has tickets to visit the site during the closure will be contacted via email in the coming days with ways to reschedule their reservation or receive a refund. Additionally, members will have the option to extend their memberships to make up for the closure or donate that amount of time back to the zoo.

“When the time is right, we look forward to once again welcoming the community back to The Living Desert,” said Monroe. “During our closure, we invite you to join us digitally as we strive to provide engaging content on our social media platforms.”

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