Learn More About the Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles’ tourism attractions are well known – Mann’s Chinese, the La Brea Tar Pits, Universal City, the Getty Museum. But did you also know Los Angeles sports a first-class zoo?
The Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park is home to the unique Campo Gorilla Reserve as well as the Pachyderm Forest Exhibit, one of the largest elephant-viewing areas in the United States (due to open summer 2010) plus more monkeys, lions, tigers, zebras, hippos, rhinos, pink flamingos and giraffes than you can count. And its already affordable prices just got cheaper thanks to the special offers below.
History of the Los Angeles Zoo
Like many Angeleno success stories, the Los Angeles Zoo has a colorful past. In the early twentieth century, an impresario
named “Colonel” William Selig opened a combination movie studio/zoo in what’s now Lincoln Park. When the city of Los Angeles acquired the collection of 700 animals in 1913, it moved them to a ravine in Griffith Park, near where the merry-go-round is now. The first displays were primitive, nothing like the multi-million dollar complex that delights today’s visitor: the zoo had stockades instead of cages, and since admission was free, there was barely enough money to feed its animals.
The Los Angeles Zoo struggled to survive until 1958 when voters overwhelmingly passed an 8 million dollar bond measure to build first class facilities. Today, the Los Angeles Zoo occupies 113 acres in Griffith Park where it’s home to more than 1,200 animals (representing 350 species) as well as a botanical garden featuring amazing plant specimens from all over the world. Through its efforts to save the California Condor and return it to the wild, the Los Angeles Zoo has also earned a reputation as a leader in regional conservation efforts.
Los Angeles Zoo Attractions
Monkey business is the Los Angeles Zoo’s specialty. The recently built Campo Gorilla Reserve cost 19 million dollars to complete; six lowland gorillas live there in a microenvironment meticulously designed to emulate their native West African habitat. Then there’s the popular Red Ape Rainforest, an orangutan habitat; the Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains exhibit; and the Mandrills Exhibit where you can spy on the antics of the world’s most mischievous baboons.
Special attractions throughout the week include 15 minute animal get-togethers sponsored by the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo that allow you and your children to get up close and personal with a furry favorite. And on weekends and holidays, don’t miss the amazing World of Birds show.
Los Angeles Zoo Visitor Information
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at the junction of the Golden State (I-5) and Ventura (134) Freeways, in the northeast corner of Griffith Park. It’s open every day of the year except Christmas, from 10am to 5pm.
Regular admission (13 and up) is $13. Seniors get a three-dollar discount. Admission for children between the ages of two and twelve is eight dollars, while children under two are admitted free. Parking is also free.
Get Money Saving Coupons and Coupon Codes for the Los Angeles Zoo
Wile the Los Angeles Zoo doesn’t offer discount coupons as such, there are other ways you can save on the admission fees.
See the African veldt and the ocean floor for one reduced price! Saves money when you visit the Los Angeles Zoo and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, less than an hour’s drive away. Adult combo tickets are $29, kids’ are $17. You can visit them on the same day or on separate trips. The Los Angeles Zoo is one of the activities you can visit with the Los Angeles Go Card, a pass you buy for one to seven days that allows you unlimited access to 40 popular attractions.