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Address: 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone Number: +1 323-644-4200
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Beautiful display of Christmas lights if you are not disabled

This was fantastic!! Best light show I have ever experienced. However, before entering the reptile building there is a rock stairway which I did not see and my husband stumbled... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ventura, California
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Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the pleasure of visiting this zoo with my husband. Got to the zoo just before the opening time where a line had already formed to get into the zoo. Ticket prices are good for a zoo and significantly cheaper than some other attractions in the LA area. The Christmas decorations and lights are a great festive addition to... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Fla
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Zoo surprised us....it was the 60th anniversary we were told by guests and did it ever show its age. Much of the path was between concrete walls. Places to spend more money were plentiful along each path. Windows for aquatic animals, otters, and such were very dirty making any photography difficult. Most disappointing were the cages for many of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, I'll start off by saying that if you're taking little kids, I suppose this place is just fine. But for older children & adults, to me, this was an example of why there shouldn't be zoos that don't have plenty of room for their animals. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Zoo, and I saw on TV that... More 

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Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought our granddaughters to the LA Zoo! So worth it! Impressive how many animals, reptiles! We went when they opened (10am) so all the animals were active and out for us to see! We walked thru the zoo in approx 2-3 hrs. Lots of fun for all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always visit zoos when we travel. Because the Los Angeles zoo is lesser known than many, we didn't know what to expect. Much to our delight, we enjoyed every part of it. Billie, the 30-year old Indian elephant, is one of the most beautiful of his kind. Other unique animals also amazed us. Most of the habitats were above... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was fantastic!! Best light show I have ever experienced. However, before entering the reptile building there is a rock stairway which I did not see and my husband stumbled down. It was dark and unmarked by signage or contrast strips. It was also missing handrails. Very dangerous. A lot of the pathways are not marked for ADA and definitely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The LA Zoo has improved since our last visit quite a few years ago. The exhibit areas have many improvements and they are better for the visitors and also appear to be better for the animals on display. The elephant exhibit area is now very expansive and allows for the elephants to roam around; it also provides good opportunities for... More 

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Fort St. John, British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

LA Zoo is wicked!! There are soo many different animals, birds and reptiles, my wife and i had an absolute blast!! It took us about 4 hours to go through the zoo thoroughly

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We heard bad things on other sites and were very skeptical going, but it was AWESOME! I would highly recommend this to anyone. The animals were wonderful, they seemed happy and healthy. It's a lot of walking, so be prepared. We got to see so many animals and the layout was great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am always amazed no matter how many times I go to the zoo, it is still so wondrous - all different shapes, sizes, colors, patterns of so many different animals/species from all over the world. They have different sections of different continents. This is what you'll see here at the LA Zoo. you can take a train that can... More 

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