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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
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Ranked #94 of 385 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 older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
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los angeles, ca
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our kids (3 yr. old and 18 month old) were old enough to enjoy and recognize animals so we thought of bringing them to the zoo. It was a first time for all of us to visit the LA Zoo. The zoo has all the animals that you would expect to find in one. The exhibits and cages were big... More

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As far as zoos go, the LA Zoo is about average, with sections of dated enclosures with limited information and impressive newer enclosures. The overall size is not too overwhelming and the landscaping provides nice amounts of shade throughout the zoo. The tigers they have are young brothers and were in a very playful mood the day I visited. They... More

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Los Angeles
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Took our son, 3 years old, to the Zoo. It was a weekday morning, right at 10am opening. Minimal wait to get in. Went straight to the children's petting zoo area. Our boy had his choice of goats or sheep to pet. Next stop was to visit the larger animals. Even though there were lots of busloads of kids, it... More

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Groton, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was a decent size zoo, but I've been to better. I did get to see a baby koala attached to its mother so I thought that was cool. I went in March and a lot of the animals that I wanted to see weren't on display. Wasn't cold out so I don't know why, but was disappointed. When I... More

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This poor zoo! I can't believe how much it' gone downhill since I lived in Southern CA 10 years ago. San Diego Zoo is the way to go if you can help it. I'm sorry, I feel bad because they obviously need the revenue to fix things, but it's awful. For example, more exhibits were closed than open. They only... More

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Silicon Valley, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When you plan going to the LA Zoo make sure it's a bit colder day. it's not very friendly, and doesn't really make sense walking the premises on a hot day. Another thing is: most of the enclosures aren't photography friendly. Not all of them, but many of them.

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Many of the animals were hiding, sleeping, on vacation??? the day we visited. It was very hot so I can't blame the zoo residents for keeping hidden. San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park are so much better - more expensive, but worth it. The elephants were nowhere to be seen and my wife asked staff about it. They couldn't... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I am not sure how people can call it a Great Zoo. IT is not. I dont suspect animals being active in the heat. Thats totally fine for me when they hide in the shadows. Not fine for me is seeing 2 lions being forced to live in a tiny cave with pretty much No place to hide. I visited... More

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Tracy, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
101 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As a child, I remembered my parent’s taking me to this zoo and enjoyed that experience. I actually went to the original zoo when it was named the “Griffith Park Zoo” and before it closed in 1966. On this trip, which was shortly after returning from our trip to Hawaii (April 2013), we drove down on a three day break... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We stopped in LA to see family and wanted a place to meet up and they hadn't been to that zoo before. It was nice to be able to walk the zoo and become overtired. Plenty of animals to see. Enjoyed the chimpanzees and the koalas. Not too crowded for the first weekend in June. As a family that likes... More

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