Charity of the week
In 1970, when resort development threatened the desert ecosystem around Palm Springs, Calif., trustees of the local Desert Museum jumped into action. They established the Living Desert (livingdesert.org), a wilderness preserve dedicated to cultivating and conserving the local desert habitat. Today, the preserve has expanded to 1,200 acres and includes a zoo and botanical park. The organization has promoted conservation of desert habitats in the U.S. and around the globe by creating interactive exhibits, educational shows for visitors, and outdoor sanctuaries like the popular Eagle Canyon, which is home to golden eagles, mountain lions, Mexican wolves, and bobcats. The organization also maintains a series of nature trails and gardens that feature more than 1,400 different species of desert plants.
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