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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 323-644-4200
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Ranked #101 of 395 Activities in Los Angeles
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Owner description: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Thousand Oaks, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I attended the zoo mid last year when I needed to do a research project for my physical anthropology course. I went to this zoo because it was the first zoo I ever attended as a child in fourth grade when I lived in Los Angeles. I think this is a beautiful medium size zoo. I was slightly disappointed with... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This zoo is cramped and poorly designed. It was over crowded, too many people were allowed in and it was hard to get around. somewhere between 10 to 20 percent of the exhibits were closed. For 19 dollars Ii expected a little more. The best thing about this zoo is the free parking.

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Los Angeles, California
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a great zoo. The only drawback here is the lack of shade on hot summer days can practically kill you...otherwise LOVE it. The staff nice. The animals seem as happy as they can in captivity. It's not as interactive as some animal parks, but they do bring out little critters for up close meet and greets as well... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Keeping animals in tiny enclosures might have been okay 50 years ago, but it is absolutely unacceptable in 2015. The poor elephants were in a space so small it was criminal. A dusty pen surrounded by chain link fence, no trees, no bushes, no toys. The animals were engaging in repetitive behaviors indicating that they were both bored and stressed.... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My husband and I visited the LA Zoo durin the week of New Years. It was a very nice facility. It appears quite clean and the animals are all pretty visible. We especially enjoyed The Liar which has reptiles and snakes. If you have young children, this is a nice zoo because it is not as much walking as maybe... More 

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Fort Irwin, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Took my daughter and her friend as a part of her 8th birthday celebration to the LA Zoo lights experience. The lights were pretty cool and the girls had fun on the carousel. They loved the reindeer and the place where Santa would have been looked nice. We were there on New Year's day, though, so he was gone. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We recently visited LA pre-cruise and only had one day to spend seeing some sights. We are so glad that we picked the LA Zoo. Our daughter works with animals as a trainer and was amazed at the variety of animals and exhibits that were available for her to see. It is very clean and the animals have alot of... More 

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Suffern, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We went to the Zoo's nite light show. It was lovely. I must warn people that in Winter it can be cold. Dress warm. No animals, they need their sleep.

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Bakersfield, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great place to just take in the sites slow and relaxed, the Wife and Girls like to hurry through but I like to just take it slow and watch the Animals, I'd enjoy going by myself just to make a day of it. Of course you have the smell but the staff tries to keep up with it and they... More 

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