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Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 323-644-4200
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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well spread out and hilly

Liked: price reasonable. Nice gift shops for a zoo. Disliked: parked in the pay lot and the parking employees there were rude, unhelpful. Very crowded and waited 20 minutes on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Liked: price reasonable. Nice gift shops for a zoo. Disliked: parked in the pay lot and the parking employees there were rude, unhelpful. Very crowded and waited 20 minutes on line just to pay to get in. Quite a few animal exhibits were closed. Very hilly, long distances between exhibits, not as nice as Bronx Zoo or San Diego Zoo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visited during spring break with kids 9 and 15. Expectations were moderate because of our experience with zoos in New York, Washington DC, Philly, Miami, but this zoo is definitely near the top. Reasonable size (compared with Bronx and National Zoo), not too mountainous, yet with a great variety of animals, including koala bears, kangaroos (some with little ones in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Visited the LA Zoo With My Teens ...and fell as we were running freely throughout a land of nature jungle.. Detailed zoo filled with lots of fun!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

If you live locally, or in US, purchase a year-long membership - it is tax deductible and you have free entrance for a year - $55 for individual - and you get reduced entrance to other zoos in the USA and discount in the shop. I have been a member of London and San Diego Zoo in the past -... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The LA zoo is a great place to spend the day with your family or even on a date. The animals are plentiful, the zoo spotless and the food not too bad!

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Camarillo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Say you had to spend the rest of your life in a 100 sq ft cell. Sure you have shelter, but wouldn't you just go stir crazy after a while. These are animals who would typically have territories spanning miles. The enclosures at the LA zoo made me feel sorry for the large animals that have a roaming instinct. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

One on the best places to spend a little time with family and friends... Love this place a lot ...its just awesome and fun..

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Don't mistake my title. My wife and I love zoos. Both our boys worked at the SF Zoo and absolutely enjoyed their time there. The LA zoo is a lot like the SF zoo - not as a negative but these zoos need attention. The kids absolutely love zoos. 5 minutes in a zoo and you can tell. The LA... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Traveling with family a group of 10, and a lot of the exhibits were closed... and no animal show... we paid to walk the zoo and it felt like the zoo was closed. My recommendation for families going to thw zoo call to see how many exhibits are closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I took my son for the first time and he loved this place! He was so excited to see all the animals and everything this has to offer. His favourite was seeing the flamingos and the giraffes. DEfinitely buy tickets in advance because the line can get VERY LONG.

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