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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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5333 Zoo Dr, 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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“reptile house” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1451
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"elephant exhibit"
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"bird show"
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"reptile house"
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"animals seem"
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"animal enclosures"
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"family membership"
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"wide variety of animals"
in 9 reviews
"griffith park"
in 27 reviews
"a great place to spend"
in 8 reviews
"on display"
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"lair"
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"chimpanzees"
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"exhibits"
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"flamingos"
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"habitat"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ridiculously steep bottom to top layout, lack of signage for most side roads, we only found the shuttle by pure luck, unlike modern zoos many animals are in outdated and sad fenced-in cages. It's like an Easter egg hunt trying to guess which way to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Giving them one extra point because parking was free and because the zoo had some interesting animals I had never seen before. But for the rest it didn't feel much like a famous zoo or even a botanical garden. Though docents or volunteers were very...More

Thank Bert V
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge zoo and so much walking. Lots to see. Kids loved it. If you decide to come here with small children, be prepared with cold water because it gets tiring & hot. Zoo is pretty cool.

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

The only real plus points for this zoo is that - on paper - it has a wide range of animals, and the price of $21 for entry is quite reasonable. However, prices on the inside are unacceptably bad. We went on a very hot...More

Thank Danvere C
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

We went on a Saturday in April. The zoo was packed and we had to wait in line for tickets. I have foot problems but the zoo was hilly and my husband couldn't push a wheelchair up those hills. We didn't get an electric vehicle...More

Thank Lynnette27
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

We visit the LA Zoo whenever we get a chance. It is a fun place to visit with many different activities besides viewing animals. There is always at least one volunteer on the sidewalks with an animal that you can learn about and touch, such...More

Thank ChloeCarnitas
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

This is a small zoo with a very confusing layout. Enclosures reminded me of the horrible cages that I remember from the 60's and 70's. We were really disappointed in this place and would never go again. I am surprised it is still open. It...More

Thank Arizona1964
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

This zoo is not something you should spend your money on. The animals look so depressed and sad. This is probably because they have some of the smallest cages i have seen in a modern zoo. Half of the cages barely have a rock or...More

Thank Julie L
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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

. Where is freaking PETA now. They sue and harass people for stupidities and I do not see them suing LA to take keep these animals with dignity. All politics. This zoo is small and depressing. It seems that you are in a third world...More

Thank ericucho n
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

I have a thing about gorillas - I want to visit them whenever possible. I arrived at the zoo when the gates opened. The lines were a little long, but by purchasing my ticket online on my phone, I was able to skip the lines...More

1  Thank MaMa-Beck-13
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yevgeniy01
March 21, 2018|
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Response from KSC75 | Reviewed this property |
You can take bus line 780, and then transfer to line 96 at Los Feliz/Riverside stop. However, buses run somewhat irregularly (15-40 min in between), so I recommend Uber.
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jmidcavs
January 31, 2018|
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Response from Sean N | Reviewed this property |
Also be aware the train stops running well before the park closes. We got to the top to be told the last train was leaving in 5 minutes and we weren’t allowed to get on it even though people we queuing.
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tshep42
October 9, 2017|
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Response from Tiffany W | Reviewed this property |
It is an extremely long hike.
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