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 this vast urban oasis. 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 snowy egrets, ostriches, parrots, Congo peafowls, king vultures, and many more! The World Birds Show on Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. highlights the fascinating behaviors of more than 20 types of birds, from macaws and cranes to condors and hawks.
Mammals: The zoo’s most famous residents are included in this list, which features an American black bear, jaguars, African wild dogs, African lion, giant river otters, Sumatran tigers, harbor seals, kangaroos, koalas, wallaby, Asian elephants, hippopotamus, lemurs, seven kinds of monkeys, Speke’s gazelle, Masai giraffes, desert bighorn sheep, mountain tapir, and dozens more.
Reptiles: The Los Angeles Zoo features many scaly residents, including American alligators, Colombian rainbow boa, Komodo dragons, Mexican beaded lizards, Aldabra tortoises, Madagascar radiated tortoises, and others
Invertebrates: Get an up-close view of the Madagascar hissing cockroach, desert hairy scorpion, sunburst diving beetle, Goliath bird eating tarantula, and others.
Amphibians: These unique creatures can live both in fresh water and on land, and the Los Angeles Zoo is home to the axlotol, golden poison dart frog, 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 and unique 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 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. Children under age 2 are free and do not require a ticket.
Please note that the Zoo starts putting animals in for the night at 4:00 pm. 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!