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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on a Sunday when it was Boo at the Zoo! The children were fun to watch in their costumes collecting candy. They got a bag and candy as they came in. I think adults did also!

The line was long at noon! There is VIP parking near the entrance for $10. The zoo isn't the best I have been to but also not the worst. It is VERY hilly. Preparing for hiking in comfy shoes and ALOT of walking!

Most of the animals were sleeping by noon, but it was almost feeding time for several! The gorillas were HILARIOUS and I could have watched them all day! The Snow Leopards were also very playful! The tiger was hiding but I found him with my camera lens!

I didn't like some exhibits as they have too much wire to attempt to take pictures or see the animals!

The bird exhibit smelled horrible and I barely saw any birds …..

The plants are beautiful and so is the layout of the zoo!

I would take food if you are bringing children to save money! Kids were wanting something at every stop! It could add up quickly!

Great time to go now with all the Halloween exhibits! There is one area with fun props for great photos!

There are times for specific up close with animals at certain areas and the line to feed the giraffes is long! I would go do those things first!!!!

Thank Pammy B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited during the Halloween celebration and it's a great place to go for young children. The Zoo Halloween celebration: "Boo At The Zoo" allows children to participate in an interactive stage play and take pictures in a pumpkin patch.

Avoid going during the midday as most of the animals were either sleeping or resting because of the L.A. weather. Plan your trip ahead of time, because most of the exhibits are only available during specific hours and days.

The location is a little hilly, and you should wear comfortable shoes and clothes. There's a tram that goes around the Zoo, but it's an additional fee. Also, the Zoo is outdoors and I would suggest you prepare (sunscreen, hat, bug repellent) for the weather.

There is free parking, however, it seems to fill up really fast (go before 11:00 a.m.), otherwise paid parking costs $10 dollars. Additionally, if you have a Groupon or another coupon I would download/print before I arrive. When I visited the Zoo was trending and we couldn't get the coupon to load.

Thank KoreanConven
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us! Also, thank you for review and tips for others. Have a great day.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a zoo you must visit. I have been to various zoos around the country and none are better than this one Allow plenty of time to enjoy the many exhibits. Even on a hot day you will stay cool due to the great design of the zoo itself. Many paths shaded by trees take you on your journey from exhibit to exhibit. Most of the animals are in excellent surroundings specifically created for their needs while I am not normally a fan of caged animals, this zoo takes great care to keep the exhibits as natural as possible and very clean.

2  Thank Seacreature1
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you for visiting and noticing the hard work Zoo employees do every day. We hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We originally planned to go San Diego zoo but in the day we got an hour into the drive and decided we’d turn round and go Los Angeles zoo instead. We had Go Los Angeles cards so money wise, it cost the same. If you’re doing multiple attractions in LA over your trip, getting a Go Los Angeles card is something you should look into, as it does save you money compared to buying all the tickets individually.

Compact but involves lots of walking up hill so beat that in mind.

We went on a hot Monday and it was really quiet, so definitely try to go in the week and not a weekend.

Staff were really knowledgable on all the animals and happy to answer any questions.

Definitely worth a visit!

1  Thank danniranger
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting! It sounds like you had a fun day.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun experience, great live music, good food truck selection, plenty of drinking areas and fun art for pictures moments.

Thank Tencha1
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for coming, we hope to see you next year!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for kids, parents and grandparents. Lots of walking, some up hill. But tons to see and do. If you have younger children, be sure to visit the special children's area just inside the front gate, and the playground in the northwestern corner of the park.

Food and drink are expensive. But the snow cone guy is well worth the $4 for a GIANT SHAVED ICE the whole family can share.

It takes several hours to see the whole zoo, so if you have younger children, I highly recommend a membership so you can come, spend a couple of hours and not feel like you have to do the whole zoo in one day.

Thank Cindy A
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you for visiting the Zoo. It sounds like you had a fun day.

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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

This zoo has a lot of smaller exhibits with birds and monkeys throughout the zoo in between the larger animals. They have a pretty decent collection of animals including a beautiful elephant exhibit that is acres large with multiple yards for them to play. They have really good keeper talks & training demonstrations. We saw the sea lion & the elephant ones & we got to see the elephants get a bath! They also have one of the most beautiful otter exhibits we have ever seen. Some of the exhibits are older but I'm sure updates and renovations are in the works. The location is one of the hilliest I've done and we were exhausted by the end so drink lots of water! Other than that we loved it & would definitely go back! We recommend if you're in the area!

1  Thank Kaleigh R
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to come and see us. We love to hear that our guests enjoyed their trip.

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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

There on a Sat aft. For a large metro area this is the worst zoo we've ever visited. Was dirty and most of the employees we witnesses were either interacting with other employees or on their phones. Many of the animal displays made it difficult to have any chance to see the animal and considering most zoos are going to clear walls this zoo is woefully behind.

1  Thank creekvue1
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit. The Zoo is continuing to update and if you are interested in hearing about our masterplan, please follow the link. Have a great day! https://lazoomasterplan.com/

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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

I am a great animal lover. Always go the zoo on my travels. The zoo is fantastic, loved seeing the koalo bears, don't get many of these in the UK. All the animals looked healthy & happy. Enclosures seemed big enough & clean. We just times it right to watch the otter pups sliding into the pool. Ate @ 1 of the cafeterias. Great day out

1  Thank hitch1971
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank for vsiting all the way from the UK. We are happy to hear you enojoyed your visit.

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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Ok so the zoo itself is good. Some enclosures have been closed for awhile now but still a good zoo overall .
Here are some good tips that we have been experiencing for a while now
1- bring your own food and drinks. They have ice to fill up water bottles in most of the restaurants.
2- zoo says closes at 5 but they bring most of the animals in by 4:30.
3- membership is a great value and will save you money
4-members get 10% off food and gift shops
5- parking is free
6- you must do the giraffe feeding .try not to be last few that feed them because sometimes the giraffes get tired of feeding and can walk away
7-do the hippo encounter and book in advance
8-we find best time to see chimpanzees is around 3-4.most active
9- bear is a rare site but plays in water a lot if out
10-if kids are allergic to bees just be careful and bring your epipen. Many bees in summer but don’t really bother you
11-be prepared for a lot of walking .

3  Thank lb33wonka
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LA Z, Manager at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi! Thank you for the indepth review. Those are some good tips for other guests. We hope to see you soon.

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