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Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: 13236444200
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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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Nice zoo

I went during the week so the experience was much better than going on the weekend, I would imagine. The zoo was alright. I love animals so I enjoyed going and viewing all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Needham, MA
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I went during the week so the experience was much better than going on the weekend, I would imagine. The zoo was alright. I love animals so I enjoyed going and viewing all the animals, as there are a LOT of species here, but I also felt a little sad as some of the larger animals definitely did not seem... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

I hadn't been here since elementary school, so almost 20 years? And it was okay. The one thing that made me feel bad was one of the primate enclosures. Those poor animals had patches of hair missing. I can only assume it's a sign of those poor critters being under stress. It was really sad. But everything else was pretty... More 

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Los Angeles, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Visited the zoo recently for the first time in decades and found it a bit sad. Lots of deferred maintenance, poor signage, and empty or damaged enclosures. Plenty of unhealthy food available for purchase, however. If you have limited time during your LA visit don't waste your time here.

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Monrovia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Took out-of-owners for a lovely afternoon at the LA Zoo. We had forgotten how pleasant and fun it is to visit, even without a stroller in tow! Clean facilities, easy access to all exhibits, plenty of parking. Don't miss the howler monies and the elephants!

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San Marcos, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Ok..this isn't technically a review of the Zoo, as we went to the annual Brew at the Zoo event. 35 specialty brewers were there, along with pub-grub style food available for purchase. It was fantastic!...really enjoyed some great IPAs, red Ales, and some of the 'unusual' brews - ok, some of the unusual brews, not so much....but there were plenty... More 

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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Over from the UK for a family holiday. Mixed views about our visit here. Very busy when we went with no apparent control of this, making it quite hard to actually see things due to the number of people. Very hot with too little shade and not enough water steam coolers. First few hundred metres seems to be nearly all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

During our many years living in Los Angeles, the LA Zoo became a go-to place for us almost every weekend with our toddlers. We got the Family membership and made great use of it. Our kids particularly liked the elephant feeding at 11 am, the gorillas, and of course the carousel. The carousel is pretty steep at $3 a ride,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We enjoyed our day at the zoo but the bees were everywhere. There is an apparent infestation of bees throughout the zoo. Every trash can was overtaken by them It becam a little annoying and my granson was not very happy

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised. This zoo is a zoo that can be covered in a day and the animals were awesome. I particularly love reptiles and the Lair they have has reptiles I have never seen before. Please go and support the zoo.

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The LA Zoo is a nice attraction and probably was a nice one in 1980. The whole zoo needs an updating. They have a nice selection of animals and I can see that the trainers and zoo keepers care about them but the poor animals are packed into areas that are far too small for them and the habitats are... More 

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