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The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

This 133-acre urban zoo offers the chance to explore animals from across the globe.


The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park, and spans across 133-acres of space. It's home to over 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species from across the globe. This world-class zoo is an ideal destination for families searching for fun activities to do in Los Angeles, as well as for couples, friends, and solo adventurers to explore.

The Zoo features exhibits such as the Rainforest of the Americas, the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, the Campo Gorilla Reserve, the Sea Life Cliffs, Australia (which is home to the Zoo’s koalas!) and the Red Ape Rain Forest. There's also a "Unique Animals," exhibit, which features rarer animals, such as the Sumatran tiger and the yellow footed rock wallaby. 

The LA Zoo is traditionally open from 10 a.m. –  5 p.m. daily and is currently operating on a modified, safety enhanced experiential basis for its guests, which conforms to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s safety protocols for zoos. These protocols include limited capacity, timed-ticketed entry, closure of indoor and high-touch spaces, and requirement of face coverings.

Visitors can find more detailed information about current safety protocols, here.

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5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 644-4200

The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens