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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

#53 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles Features Animals
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1451
+1 323-644-4200
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1451
+1 323-644-4200
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Reviewed yesterday

After reading reviews on this site about the zoo, we almost didn't go. A lot of people had said that they didn't see many animals on their visits. We went there on a Thursday, arriving in the morning. We had to stand in line for...More

Thank Jocelyn B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience.Highly recommend. It was really nice experience. Need to go there again

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

As with most zoos, there are enclosures very up to date as well as some outdated ones. All in all i totally enjoyed the visit. What really impressed me, was the enclosure of the giant otters - rather large (compared to many other zoos' enclosures...More

Thank DorisHeimgartner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town visiting family and celebrating my birthday and decided to take a trip to the zoo. Being that San Diego is a few hrs away from LA (with no traffic) the LA Zoo was the choice. Both of us had a good...More

Thank Jayhoff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is in a beautiful location and it is a good quality zoo. I don't know that this zoo has a unique animals, but they do a good display. This is a great place with kids and the staff was friendly and professional.

Thank Kyle_SD_308
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was for my birthday and we got there early. I have been there years ago but it's always nice to go back. There is a tram you can take if you don't want to walk the whole way. It's $4 but it's worth it....More

Thank lucyvf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from a couple of notable exceptions, the LA Zoo looks tired and rundown. Not a very inspiring visit. Food options also limited and expensive.

Thank Ross H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful and affordable place to visit alone or with family and or friends. If you go early when they open you get to see and experience many activities and many different talks about animals. You can bring your own food and beverages The Zoo...More

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zoo is large, and the animals seem to be okay, for the most part. My biggest downfall with the zoo was the confusing layout. After consistently consulting my map for a couple of hours and having to backtrack constantly, I gave up and just...More

Thank VacationerGuy
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Great little zoo. You are able to see the animals without needing a binocular! We ate at the zoo grill very affordable and fresh.

Thank conanton
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Hi I'm planning on visiting in September and I really want to see the koalas and feed a giraffe. From some people's review it seems that they are not always on display. As I won't be able to phone to check on the day as I won't have a USA SIM card during my stay, I've taken a look at the zoo website to see if they list animals not on display but I can't find where this information Would be shown. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
26 March 2017|
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Response from Shoshana H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the exact answer to this question but I know if you go later in the day (4 or 5) this may depend on the season - I don't remember now - a number of the animals are put to bed and they may not be out there to... More
Ofek B
does it really takes a whole day? and is there anything special about that zoo?
13 March 2017|
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Response from Evie B | Reviewed this property |
I would go in the morning when they open you can probably see it all. I personally like the elephants and I took my daughter to feed the giraffes...
Hi. I am coming over for a holiday from New Zealand and am wanting to see a Bald Eagle. I see you have one. But reading through some comments, people say you often have displays shut off. Are you able to tell me if the bald eagle display will be open between 11th June and 19th June? As I am really wanting to see one. Thanks. :)
13 May 2016|
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Response from LA Z | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your interest in the L.A. Zoo. That is a great question. The animals on display are subject to change. Our website often has a list of animals that are not on display. The best strategy is to call the... More