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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 323-644-4200
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The...
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 250 different species of which 29 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with over 7,400 individual plants.
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A great place to spend the day

Really great place to wander and lose yourself. The gardens are beautiful. The animal exhibits are really well done and the animals seem well taken care of. We had a great time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Really great place to wander and lose yourself. The gardens are beautiful. The animal exhibits are really well done and the animals seem well taken care of. We had a great time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited the zoo with a buddy of mine and our young children. Overall, cool experience and comments based on us visiting on a weekend: Buy tix in advance! Line could be long to purchase at venue. Get there when it opens. Less people there and animals are up and being fed! See the elephants do their daily training excersise @... More 

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Redlands, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Bought a voucher on living social. As did most others on Presidents' Day weekend. It took about 20 minutes to get to the parking lot from the freeway exit. But the member line was quick and the park is big enough that I rarely felt cramped. Took the shuttle to the top and worked our way down. Packed our lunch... More 

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West Covina, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Zoo and botancal gardens are a nice quickescape from the city in the city! Hidden in the hills in Los Angeles, you can walk among the the wild surrounded by hills, greenery, vegatation, natural beauty of nature and wild life. You forget about the hustle and bustle of the rat race going on right outside! Lots of great exercise... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

While the Los Angeles zoo is indeed seeing a great deal of over-due renovations for the animals, their ticketing procedures remain in the last century. All tickets must be printed out AT HOME and presented to enter the zoo. Even movie theaters have eticket printing machines for on-site pickup. In a time where everyone and their grandmother have some form... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Thinking two 8 year old boys could only last for 2 hours we decided to go to the zoo on a lovely Sunday afternoon at 3pm, figuring some of the crowds would have left by then. To some extent it was a good move and for others not so much. Pros: We got a good parking space in the free... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Saw many of most popular animals not always seen at major zoos nowadays. Seeing baby giraffes, baby kangaroos, and baby chimpanzees were a real treat. Climate is wonderful for visitors. Lush semitropical vegetation was everywhere. Many exhibits were closed for renovation. Guide map was sometimes difficult to match to exhibits.

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Istanbul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Is it as good as the SD Zoo? Maybe not but it's still very nice and offers an alternative to LA visitors. I'm not a big fan of zoos but LA zoo seems decent enough.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The zoo is in a lovely setting and very accessible. This was our first visit and our initial impression was good as we entered the complex. However once past the concessions we became less impressed. The enclosures are small and the animals have little to do. Many of the exhibits were closed for renovation annoyingly but I expect by next... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Living 40 minutes away, I visit the zoo, maybe every other year or so. There are some really nice exhibits and many run down exhibits. Too many enclosures with nothing in them. Lots of food options, and since we went at Christmas, very well decorated. Not having to pay for parking is another bonus.

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