Beside the "zoo" that is Los Angeles herself, check out the official zoo in the Griffith Park area. In addition to the zoo, there are botanical gardens featured throughout for flora and fauna lovers. Come find the L.A. stars of wild life here- of the primate, ungulate, rodent, marsupial, marine, other mammal variety and more- a few miles away from Hollywood.
Crowds can be expectant at peak times (weekends mainly). Parking gets tight but there is usually space available- and best of all- it's free! If one prefer to take it easy on the feet, there is a zoo tour shuttle that goes all over the park. Riders pay $4, added to the regular admission price.
Hours : 10 AM-5 PM daily. At 4 PM, most animals begin to sleep and cut off for admission occurs.
(as of 2011. Rates and fees are subject to change, of course.)
Adults (ages 13 - up)-$14
Seniors (age 62 and up)-$11
Children (ages 2 to 12)-$9
Children (under 2)-Free
Use MTA Route 96, zoo entrance is a short 5 min +- walk from bus stop
There are more than human stars to see in the Los Angeles area. Located in the Griffth Park complex is the Los Angeles Zoo, home to stars of the animal kingdom. The Los Angeles Zoo is in a rebuilding mode, but still has many animals to view, many still enclosed in too small of an area, but the new habitats at the Zoo will make it more humane for the animals that are at the zoo.
One thing about the Los Angeles zoo, is that the zoo can be seen in one day. Size wise it is easy to do the zoo. If you have the time, the zoo is the place to see the real animals of Los Angeles.
This zoo is not too bad if you are not willing to make the trip down to San Diego. They have a wide variety of animals including lions, giraffes and the ever popular flamingoes.
When I was there in May 2006, I found many of the exhibits empty. This zoo could be so much more. However I have been to the SD zoo about 10 times and there is no comparison.
Ticket prices are: Adults: $12 and Children (2-12): $7. Children under 2 are free.
This is a wonderful way to fill the day. The whole family can enjoy this zoo and all it has to offer. Lots of wonderful exhibits of animals to learn from. My sons always enjoy coming here and each time they remember something more and learn something about another wonderful species that is so special to our earth. Collections of animals:Animals
I do recommend you bring lots of water or containers to fill up your bottles when it is hot and dress accordingly to weather and wear very comfortable shoes because the park is huge and you will walk a lot up and down hills. They do have a tram (for a fee) that provides a tour of the zoo if your not in the best of health or condition.
Lots of places to rest along the way and has drinking fountain located where the food places are as well as the restrooms. Food is expensive, so be prepared, but the portions was enough and good.
Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. Please note that the Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4 p.m. Ticket sales cease one hour prior to closing time.
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Zoo's phone number is 323/644-4200. Click here for Driving Directions
ANIMALS AT THE ZOO
Click here for a list of animals in the zoo's collection
GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES
Adults (ages 13 - up) $10
Seniors (age 62 and up) $7
Children (ages 2 to 12) $5
Children (under 2) Free
Parking - Free
And if planning a picnic while visiting the Zoo, please do not bring any glass or otherwise breakable items such plates, bowls or cups. Also for the safety of the animals, no plastic lids or straws are allowed within the Zoo.
I like going to the LA zoo every once in a while. Its close, inexpensive, and the kids like it. Yes, there are alot of better, nicer, bigger zoos like the San Diego zoo but the LA zoo is local. The admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Its clean, theres alot of variety in food available there and they serve beer. There are also alot of different free shows that you can see. It does get crowded and it does get pretty hot here so try to go early. The zoo opens around 10am til about 6pm, but the times vary so you might want to call first or go onto their website.
pictures to come.
Being so close to the San Diego Zoo, the LA Zoo easily gets overlooked. But if you're in the city and its wildlife you want to see, then this isn't a bad place to go. Its definitely not the San Diego Zoo... but it has animals. The Zoo itself is fairly large, but there's a tram that takes you around so you don't have to walk to whole way around. If you got kids, this is a great place. Kids don't really care how big or how famous a place is, as long as they get to see animals.
The Los Angeles Zoo is now open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except December 25. Please note the Los Angeles Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4 p.m. Ticket sales cease one hour prior to closing time.
No matter where I travel, one of the first places I try to visit is the zoo. Los Angeles is in the process of "re-inventing" its zoo in an attempt to provide more "home like" settings for the animals.
While it probably will never equal the San Diego Wild animal park (not to be confused with the San Diego Zoo) just due to space limitations, they are making the effort.
The entire place can be seen, ok, I walk fast, in about 4 hours so it can be combined with other attractions in the LA area. Entrance is $10.00 for Adults.
There is a train museum (Gene Autry) near by that also might make a good stop for kids (I'll get to it on another trip).
LA has a nice zoo located in Griffith Park. Right now (Jun 2003) a lot of the zoo is under construction for new exhibits and entrance