Los Feliz is a Los Angeles neighborhood that is home to Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, and the modern architecture like the famous Ennis House. One of the community’s most loved landmarks is the Los Angeles Zoo. Before it opened, the Griffith Park Zoo (built in 1912) was open to the public. In 1963, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), a nonprofit organization, was formed to fund the building of the new zoo. The Los Angeles Zoo opened in 1966, covers 133 acres, and houses 1,100 animals.
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The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 and is owned by the City of Los Angeles. It is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm. Note that the zoo stops selling tickets at 4 pm and starts putting the animals to sleep at 4 pm. Free parking is available to visitors. You may want to look into combo tickets that are also for the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Natural History Museum, into military discounts, and into group discounts.
Since 2002, the zoo is also home to a Botanical Gardens that includes 7,400 plants. Wildlife conservation is practiced at the zoo, where California condors are taken care of as well as mountain tapirs. Animals are given medical care at the Gottlieb Animal Health and Conservation Center.
While at the zoo, be sure to stop by the following exhibits:
-Dinosaur Unextinct at the LA Zoo (where you can do a fossil dig and enjoy educational content with the purchase of a separate ticket)
-Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains
-Campo Gorilla Reserve
-Rainforest of the Americas (where animals from tropical areas live, including howler monkeys, toucans, piranhas, bird-eating spiders, and a jaguar)
-Elephants of Asia
-The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles)
-Red Ape Rain Forest
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In addition to the exhibits, you can view the Worlds of Birds Show, in which endangered birds perform acts at show times throughout the day. (Shows are not held on Tuesdays.) At the Neil Papiano Play Park, children can play on the climbing playground and families can enjoy picnics. At the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, families can watch presentations and visit the Muriel’s Ranch, the petting zoo where kids can pet animals and brush them.
If needed, you can rent a wheelchair at the zoo or a stroller (both single and double strollers are available).
If you get hungry, there is plenty of food and dining at the zoo. Reggie’s Bistro, named after the North American alligator Reggie, serves a full menu, craft beer, and wine. You can also stop by the Zoo Grill, Sweet Treats, Cafe Pico (offering beer, aguas frescas, and Mexican food), Mahale Cafe, La Casita, and Gorilla Grill. The Churro Factory serves delicious churros filled with caramel, cream, or strawberry and sundaes, pretzels, and popcorn. There’s something for every taste.
You can shop at the International Marketplace for books, stuffed animals, and gifts (including dinosaur items). If you need things on the go, like hats, sunscreen, and cameras, you can shop at the Safari Station.
Los Feliz is a historic neighborhood in Los Angeles that is bordered by Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Feliz is made up of what originally was Rancho Los Feliz. It is known as the home of many celebrities and is the site of two original designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the Hollyhock Home and the Ennis House.
Other landmarks in Los Feliz include:
If you get a chance to visit the Los Angeles Zoo, we hope you enjoy it!
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