The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world, including several rare and endangered species. Get to know your neighbors on this planet at a natural oasis hidden away in one of the largest metropolitan areas on earth!
You’ll see lowland gorillas, seals, chimpanzees, Komodo dragons, exotic birds, tigers, giraffes, rare snow leopards and more, all dwelling safely in captivity in impressive replicas of their natural habitats. But leave plenty of time to explore the 7,000+ plants from around the world, too. It's no wonder that this attraction draws 1.5 million visitors a year!
Here’s a look at the exciting animals and plants that you can expect to see at the Los Angeles Zoo:
Birds: Dozens of colorful and noisy species abound at the Los Angeles Zoo, including the cockatoo, African crowned eagle, bald eagle, snowy egret, scarlet ibis, sacred ibis, laughing kookaburra, three kinds of Macaw, ostrich, Hawaiian short-eared owl, parrot, Congo peafowl, pelican, king vulture, and many more!
Mammals: The zoo’s most famous residents are included in this list, which features American black bears, jaguars, African wild dogs, African lion, otters, Sumatran tigers, harbor seals, kangaroos, koalas, wallaby, Asian elephants, hippopotamus, lemurs, seven kinds of monkeys, cotton-topped tamarin, Chinese water deer, Speke’s gazelle, Masai giraffes, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, desert bighorn sheep, mountain tapir, and dozens more.
Reptiles: The Los Angeles Zoo features many cold-blooded residents, including American alligators, Colombian rainbow boa, Komodo dragons, Mexican beaded lizards, Aldabra tortoise; Madagascar radiated tortoise, woma, and others.
Invertebrates: See the giant desert centipede, Madagascar hissing cockroach, emperor scorpion, Chilean rose tarantula, Vietnamese walkingstick, and other creepy crawlies.
Amphibians: These unique creatures can live both in fresh water and on land, and the Los Angeles Zoo is home to the Axloti, and the Couch’s spadefoot toad!
Botanical Gardens: Most people come to see the animals, but what many don’t realize is that there is a world full of equally impressive, unique, and animated plants and flowers waiting to be discovered. You’ll see plants such as the Chilean wine palm, bald cypress, cycads, cactus, and more. Some of these plants have been in existence since the age of dinosaurs, and you’ll have the rare chance to learn and witness how they have adapted to survive.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens provides a great learning opportunity and a way to escape the urban noise for a morning or afternoon as you peruse the magnificent displays and habitats.
A child pass only covers admission for children from the ages of 3-12. If you have a child under the age of 3, you will need to pay for their admission ticket separately.
Please note that the Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4pm. Ticket sales cease one hour prior to closing time.
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Comments about Smart Destinations Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens:
- Free parking! - Less than $10 for a mediocre lunch at the Zoo Grill. - Exhibits not involving water were pretty well kept and clean. - Exhibits involving water smelled but same as most Zoo's I've been to. - Many of the animals were hiding and we did not see them. Best to go earlier. - Lots of walking, but luckily there are many shaded areas. - Took about two hours for us to go through the whole zoo. - Went on a weekday afternoon so there were not too many people. - Bathroom was clean and well stocked. Wasn't the best zoo in the world, but it was good enough, and a great cheap way to spend a couple hours!