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“A disappointment...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-644-4200
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Ranked #103 of 389 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Zoos, Gardens
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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 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Sherwood, Arkansas
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“A disappointment...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

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!

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Excellent day out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

A good way to spend the day. A very well layed out zoo with the animals easy to see, we enjoyed it and so will you!

Visited May 2012
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“What a fun place...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

The Los Angeles Zoo doesn't get as much publicity as others, but I found it to be very enjoyable. It's not only full of nicely displayed animals, but it's also a beautiful botanical environment. There is a beautiful new carousel with many animals from the zoo represented, but the best surprise of all is the new reptile house. You can observe many different species, and all are in attractive enclosures. I also loved seeing the two new tiger cubs romp around in the water feature. It's a great place for kids, and there are busloads on most weekdays. Seeing animals through their eyes is always fun. If you are a local resident and haven't been for a while, make the effort, you won't be disappointed. If you are from out of town, it's also a great family get-a-way.

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles
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“It's not the San Diego Zoo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

There seems to be a lot of construction going on here. Obviously, this facility has seen better days. Lots of empty enclosures and some that were housing animals seemed unclean.The animals we saw just did not seem to be content(more unhappy, if anything). It is however, a nice walk, being located in Griffith Park. We went during the afternoon on a weeday and the crowds were not too terrible and we did manage to see most of the place during that time. Get yourself a discount coupon to make the admission more reasonable. Ours was 18. per head. Be aware that the concession prices are criminal(3.75 for a very SMALL soft serve). There is ample parking on the premises(at no charge). If you want to stay local, this is a decent afternoon out, otherwise you get a far better value in San Diego

Visited May 2012
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“Pleasant visit and great exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Pleasant trip around the zoo, very calm and clean. Enjoyed it for Easter with the kids.

Visited April 2012
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