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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
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Ranked #101 of 397 Attractions in Los Angeles
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Type: Zoos, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Los Angeles, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I live just minutes from the Zoo, so my family has always had a membership. If you live close, it is great to stop by for a stroll and a visit with the animals. There is plenty of free parking and the food choices are varied and reasonably priced. The Zoo is well kept, however it sits in the hills,... More

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Woodland, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

It is not a big zoo and is situated in a excellent place. Good zoo's are excellent with kids if you have one. Loved the open chimpanzee exhibit. the tram ride was not worth it as using it meant missing out on seeing lot of animal attractions. If you have been in SD zoo, then you may slightly disappointed but... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This certainly not the largest zoo I've been too, but it is well kept up and the animals seem to be managed very nicely. They have large natural habitats. My only real complaint is the amount of up and down hill walking these old bones had to do. She wanted to see the the large mammals first, so that is... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It is by far not the best zoo that I had ever been too, but it is a small and intimate zoo for kids. So if you have kids it is worth visiting.

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Sei F, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and submitting your review. We hope you visit us again because there have been some big improvements at the zoo since 10/2013, namely the opening of our $22 million Rainforest of the Americas exhibit! Hope to see you again soon. More

Palm Springs, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fun for a few hours, not the best zoo I've seen and not the worst. The animals seemed happy enough, so that's a plus.

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Sei F, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for visiting and the review! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and saw that our animals were happy. Take care and hope to see you again soon. More

Georgia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I enjoyed my day at this zoo. I didn't expect to since I have been to so many zoos and hadn't heard anything great about this one. It was nice though. The lion had a sad look, but he was majestic at the same time. Another big cat- Maybe a jaguar paced the entire time like he was furious. I... More

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Sei F, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Hey Duane52, thanks for visiting! Glad we exceeded your expectations. In regards to our jaguars, we are actually in the middle of construction of a beautiful and large exhibit for our jaguar family. Hopefully you can make it back to see it upon completion. More

Manhattan Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The LA Zoo is a great place to visit with kids if you're a local or a visitor. The exhibits are large and extensive, the variety of animals is outstanding and the grounds are beautiful. Buy food or pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area. The Zoo is easy to reach and easily accessible from anywhere in LA.

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Sei F, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Hi John, thanks for visiting and the kind words! Great tip on the food and picnic. More

Burbank, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

During the past 30 years the LA zoo has had numerous changes and improvements. I always enjoy visiting the primates, especially the gorillas and my favorites, the chimps. I would prefer to see these animals in their natural environment, but you can see the staff and management are trying their best to make the animals comfortable. We have a family... More

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Sei F, Guest Relations Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Yoskke, Thanks for the kind words. Hope you can make it back soon and check out our newest facility improvement...the Rainforest of the Americas! More

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went on Saturday, and it was a very hot day. We arrived at 10 AM. Handicapped parking was close and available. No lines to wait in for tickets. There was a bit of a wait for a scooter to be brought down to us. We were in a group of ten from ages 1 year to 72 years. There... More

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Yucca Valley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had planned on this trip for sometime even thou it was a scorcher 109 in la with humidity. Miserable day , couldn,t get cool. They had lots of cooling stations but it was still miserable. For sure get a tram pass for the day makes it easier to see the zoo and you can hop on and hop off... More

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