Vancouver, B.C., October 22, 2013: Desert Star Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: DSR) (“Desert Star” or the “Company“) announces the appointments of Keith Henderson and Chris Taylor to the Company’s Board of Directors, and Guy Davis to the Company’s management team as Corporate Development.

Mr. Henderson is a mining industry executive with 20 years’ experience in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He was educated in Europe, graduating with B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Geology and has extensive experience in multiple mineral deposit types and commodities. After several years in consulting roles, Mr. Henderson worked with Anglo American Exploration in Europe and North America, leading a number of exploration projects and ultimately he was project manager for Anglo Coal as the company made its first entry into Canada. In 2007, Keith joined the Cardero Group and he is currently Executive Vice-President for Cardero Resource Corp., where he played a critical role in advancing the Pampa de Pongo through a positive scoping study and ultimate sale for US$100 million (2009). Most recently, Mr. Henderson was responsible for Cardero’s original investment in Coalhunter (2010), acquiring 49% of the company for $3.6 million.

Mr. Taylor is a mining industry executive with 15 years’ experience across the Americas and in Asia. An economic geologist and explorationist, he has experience with porphyry copper gold, epithermal gold, and VMS deposits. He has been professionally active with both mid-tier producing and junior mining companies. Mr. Taylor is a registered Professional Geologist in the Province of British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Earth Science and a Master of Science degree in Structural Geology from Carleton University. Mr. Taylor is currently President & CEO of Great Bear Resources and Vice President, Resource Investment, with Planet Mining Exploration, a publically traded investment company.

Mr. Davis is a lawyer with approximately 10 years of experience in the legal industry, previously working in private practice at one of Canada’s premier law firms, and most recently at a TSX and NASDAQ-listed mining company with operations throughout Latin America. Mr. Davis has experience in capital markets, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, financings, venture capital and many other commercial transactions across numerous industries, and has advised on transactions valued at over $2 billion in his career. Mr. Davis holds a LL.B. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia.

Desert Star would also like to announce the granting of 475,000 incentive stock options to purchase common shares of the Company to directors and consultants of the Company and the cancellation of 200,000 stock options to an officer of the Company. The newly granted stock options are exercisable at $0.20 per share and will expire on October 22, 2017. The stock option grants are subject to filing with the TSX Venture Exchange.

The Company has accepted the resignations of Benjamin Curry and Kyle Stevenson as directors of the Company, and would like to thank them for their services.

About Desert Star

Desert Star is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company focused on the identification, acquisition and development of copper and gold projects located in top-tier mineral belts in the southwestern United States that contain significant historical production, existing mining infrastructure and an established mining culture.

Vince Sorace

President and CEO, Desert Star

For further information regarding Desert Star, please email info@desertstar.ca
or visit our website at www.desertstar.ca

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