I see plenty of positive reviews on the LA Zoo, but my experience was not so great. I spent a few hours at the zoo before I gave up trying to see animals. Many of the exhibits were "closed for renovation" or just plain closed, and of the ones that weren't, I saw very few living things. I'm sure they were hiding to keep cool, but we saw SO few that we joked about the possibility that there may not be any animals at all! I can't smell, but those with me complained of a horrible "dead animal" stench a few times during our visit. I witnessed dead fish carcasses in some of the waters. There were pools for the water mammals (like the seals) that were completely dry. And yes, there is a LOT of construction going on. It was just bad enough that the whole group decided to leave. On the positive side, there were not many people there, so if you're looking for a place to just hang out and get a good walk in, I'd say it's a great place to do that!
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