The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to more than 1400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species – 58 of these are endangered. The Zoo’s botanical collection also includes several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.
Hours: 10:00AM to 5:00PM daily.
Location: Located at the northeast corner of Griffith Park at the junction of the I-5 (Golden State) and the 134 (Ventura) freeways. The Zoo is directly across from the Autry Museum of Western Heritage at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90027.
Visit www.LAZoo.org to find out more about the exhibits, shows and activities happening at the zoo.
The zoos interesting exhibits includes:
• Rainforest of the Americas, which is the newest state-of-the-art exhibit, immersion experience of the rainforest habitat where you can see amazing critters from piranhas and giant otters, to harpy eagles and cotton top tamarins.
• The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) which has various unique and endangered species, with over 60 species of amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles.
• Elephants of Asia is a dynamic and large habitat dedicated to the health and welfare of elephants from Asia, along with the conservation of their species and habitat.
• Campo Gorilla Reserve is a beautiful forested home to six western lowland gorillas.
• Sea Life Cliffs is a home modeled after California’s coast for a group of harbor seals and California sea lions.
• Australia is home to the Zoo’s koalas. The koalas share two separate habitats with kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas.
• Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains is a “one-acre habitat home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States and is lauded by world-renown primatologist Jane Goodall as one of the finest zoo habitats,” www.lazoo.org.
• Red Ape Rain Forest is a multi-level tropical immersion habitat, home to orangutans.
• Dragons of Komodo is home to one of the world’s largest lizards.
• Winnick Family Children’s Zoo is an experience tailored for kids to “give the opportunity to explore a cave, a desert trail or watch for prairie dogs through specially designed pop-up bubbles,” www.lazoo.org.
In addition to those exhibits, the L.A. Zoo is filled with unique animals including:
• Sumatran tiger
• Visayan warty pigs
• Yellow footed rock wallaby
• Cape griffon vulture
• Chacoan peccary
• Snow leopard
• Mountain tapir
• Coquerel’s sifaka
• One of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world.