Los Angeles Zoo And Botanical Gardens


Mission Statement:
To serve the community, the Los Angeles Zoo will create an environment for recreation and discovery; inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitry and education; ensure the highest level of animal welfare; and support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat.

About The Zoo:
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens plays an active role in collaborative efforts to sustain captive populations of endangered species around the world to hedge against extinction in the wild.

The Los Angeles Zoo works with other AZA-accredited zoos, wildlife centers, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to conserve threatened and endangered species and their wild habitats. In some instances populations of captive animals are being returned to the wild.


Ruth B.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

I really loved the setting of this zoo. It is an absolute joy to walk around through here. However, I can't help feeling dismayed at the size of the enclosures for some of the animals. I know that there are many animal lovers out there that would like to see zoos outright banned. I personally feel that they have an important role, but that they must focus on always improving the quality of life of the animals. San Diego, for example, provides lots of room. The gibbons and the snow leopards struck me as the two most striking examples of small enclosures. The gibbons barely had room to jump around and the snow leopard's pool doesn't have the room for them to all play at once.

Zou Wei

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

It's our first time to use the family membership card with one guest today . This review is for a Ticket Inspector at the Membership entrance on February 7, 2018, around 1:19pm. He is a white young man of medium height. Although I don't have his name, he is Very rude and mean. Just because I supposed that the membership card included a one time guest pass, but this man used a very rude way to let us know the difference between the family membership and the Family Deluxe membership. I rarely give reviews, but I don't want others to suffer the same. Next time, if your customer don't know your membership policy, please be nice to explain. After your patient explanations, your customer will Upgrade the Membership directly. But this young man made my guest Even want to go back to home. At last, we decided to buy one Senior ticket to end his loud voice. It was awfully discouraging.

Amiram Markel

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Large zoo with a lot of walking. Better bring comfortable walking shoes for the trek or make sure to take the tram. It will drop you off at several major areas and you can pick it up to go to the next area. An all day adventure, so pack up whatever edibles and sandwiches you’ll need. Have fun!!

Guadalupe Ruiz

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

I visited the zoo on a monday so it wasn't packed, I arrived at 1pm and left at 5. We were able to get through all the exhibits except The Lair. The layout of the zoo is a bit tricky because of all the path ways to choose from but the map was helpful. Food and drinks here are expensive so it's best to bring your own snacks. Overall I had a great time but some of the exhibits were closed and many of the animals I was most excited to see where asleep such as the tigers, lions, and the bear. The only thing that ruined my experience was the police officers that work for the zoo. At about 4:25 we went in The Lair exhibit, just to be clear there is no posted closing time at the door, some other exhibits did have an outer sign with their closing time in large font. Anyways, we were looking at the snakes which were behind a glass stacked up and some as low as the floor level so we were crouched down looking at them. Next thing we know a police officer is standing besides us demanding in a loud voice "Get up, Get up and get out", surprised and confused me and my husband responded "I'm sorry what?" and he responded "This place is closed already, I am going to lock the doors on this side so exit from the other door". His attitude was very rude. I guess because he was a police officer he felt there was no reason to be nice to us or at least have good service. A nice "hey, excuse me but it is closing time for this exhibit if you can please make your way out to the other exit would be great". Other than his rude attitude the day went pretty well, I had a great walk through the zoo.

Mark Upshaw

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

This is a great escape to take the children or to simply go for a nice walk. Well kept, nice helpful staff. Plenty to see and relax. I like the bleachers across from the Chimps...it is shaded and from time to time has student artists sketching what they see. The tram is inexpensive and recommend if it is your first trip here. There are many food options at several locations within this zoo. Wheelchair accessible throughout the park. The zoo is on hills, so be forewarned.