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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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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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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25 reviews 25 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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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Based on expectations set by visits to other major zoos including San Deago and Philadelphia I was very disappointed with the LA Zoo experience. From the dirty canopy and dirty glass at the ticketing pavilion I found the overall facility in need of maintenance and a major face lift. Exhibits are difficult to view through dirty glass and unkept hedges... More 

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San Jose, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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