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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Los Angeles

Where is it at?

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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles
CA
90027
Tel: 323 644 4200

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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Where are we going today?

Who loves animals? The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens certainly do, so why not visit for a day of animal fun!

They have over 1,100 amazing animals, that represent more than 250 species from all across the world. Kids will have a great time coming face to face with some amazing creatures, and learning all about them.

At the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens - the world comes to them!

If you like the scaly kind, the zoo has a host of reptiles to explore, from snakes, lizards, and even alligators. There are amphibians, and fish, and even invertebrates  including scorpions, hissing cockroaches, and even tarantulas!

But what would a zoo be without those grand, magical, weird and wonderful mammals? Kids can experience the giant anteater, or learn what the Babirusa is. There are cheeky chimpanzees, majestic rhinos and even the grand lion.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are SO much more than just watching animals in enclosures. There are incredible displays, from the Rainforest of the Americas where you can explore each layer of the forest, and meet the various species that live in each, and the Elephants of Asia enclosure where you can learn all about the struggle and importance of those incredible creatures.

Let's not forget about the botanical gardens. Here the whole family can learn about the vital connections between the flora and the fauna. Plants are food, shade and life!

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens also have fun events throughout the year, so check what's on regularly to make sure you don't miss out, and they even offer birthday parties, so you can celebrate in animal style!

The animal fun starts here!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$20
  • Children$15 (Ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am to 5pm daily

Closed Christmas Day. Open rest of year

Teachers corner

There is SO much to learn at the zoo! They have children's classes, camps, overnight experiences, and school programs. A great day out from the classroom!.

I'm Hungry!

It's not just the animals that need feeding! For those rumbling tummies, the zoo have a host of foods to enjoy, including cookies, muffins, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, kids meals and refreshments. The restaurants are conveniently located throughout the Zoo. .

Healthy Eating!

They have salads, kids meals and healthy options so enjoy!.

Any Top Tips?

The Zoo offers its Safari Shuttle (for an additional fee) that will bring you to different locations, but it is not a guided tour of exhibits. In order to see the exhibits you'll need to do some walking. .

Doing our bit

They LOVE animals, so they have a commitment to conservation, including to protect the world's most endangered species. Your visit will help them help the animals!.

Need a little extra help?

They welcome ALL guests, so when you arrive you can pick up an accessibility map. Wheelchairs are available to rent, and they have accessible parking spots.

Baby Facilities

The Zoo offers single and double strollers for rent.

Can I get one of those?

The Zoo's International Marketplace offers novelties, apparel, hats, toys, plush animals, jewelry, gifts, books, postcards, souvenirs, puzzles, videos, music, interior decorations and more. While the Zoo's Safari Station sells African artifacts, gifts, apparel, and novelties, as well as film, hats and sundries..

More information

Don't miss the presentations and keeper talks - make sure you check the schedule when you first arrive.

What people are saying?

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    The last time I was at the LA Zoo was probably when I was in a stroller or in a classroom field trip! The day I went was the worst day to go! It was 90 degrees in the valley with tons of families and crying babies. The highlight was seeing Elmo and Cookie Monster! I feel bad for most of the animals because they are either bored or sleeping. The most favorite animals was the koalas and giraffes. Parking is $5. There's a pinic area to hang out for rest time and food you can bring in a cooler. If you have kids, I recommend the yearly pass, it's a deal...Read More

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    I cannot believe the LA Zoo would be this aweful!! the animals are ALL sleeping or bored out of their minds, the exhibits are basic cages, not a lot of variety of animals, and you cant even see a lot of the animals 90% of the time because they're hiding from the heat, or the animal died and they never replaced it. If you want an AMAZING zoo experience and u happen to be in Toronto, Canada: check out the Toronto zoo!!! if you consider the LA Zoo a zoo, Toronto zoo will blow ur mind.

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    Came here on a Sunday with the kids and I have to say we had an amazing time. It's a great place to spend a day seeing and learning about the animals. If you want to get a work out and have fun while doing it then the L.A. Zoo is the place to go.

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    My son was in heart attack mode from excitement. He is very much into animals. Coming to the LA Zoo with him was a fun experience. He was intrigued by the chimpanzees! The place is clean. The people were helpful and friendly when we were searching for a specific animal. You never realize how many different types of species there are until you come here. not that they have every kind in the world. But still they have a lot.

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    No zoo is the same, I've been to London Zoo in UK, and Longleat Safari Park in the UK. You can't really compare them, it's a different experience. I want to go back and enjoy sketching the animals. I did feel quite sorry for the bored Orangutang, but I somehow felt that the behavior of the visitors was more to blame.

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by Amie V

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The last time I was at the LA Zoo was probably when I was in a stroller or in a classroom field trip! The day I went was the worst day to go! It was 90 degrees in the valley with tons of families and crying babies. The highlight was seeing Elmo and Cookie Monster! I feel bad for most of the animals because they are either bored or sleeping. The most favorite animals was the koalas and giraffes. Parking is $5. There's a pinic area to hang out for rest time and food you can bring in a cooler. If you have kids, I recommend the yearly pass, it's a deal to show and remind your kids the zoo. Overall, I would go back just to hang out with the kids but not a regular thing.

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