Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens sits on 113 acres in the heart of Griffith Park and boasts an average annual attendance ... More
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens sits on 113 acres in the heart of Griffith Park and boasts an average annual attendance of 1.3 million visitors. Since first opening its doors in 1966, the zoo has grown continuously through the years and presently houses species from every corner of the globe. Check the zoo web site for a complete list of animals as well as current and upcoming shows and admission rates.
Recovering from a recent ankle fracture I thought it wise to rent an electric wheelchair. I was given unit #1 and used it for 2 1/2 hours. As a result I suffered either spider bites or insect bites on the back of my legs near by knees and on my elbows which were in contact with the armrests. I tried to contact the zoo to alert them to the incident and the number of the chair I rented but was unable to get reach anyone, instead I wound up with an endless loop tape, therefore, I see this broadcast as the only way to bring the matter to someone's attention. I caution anyone considering renting equipment from the zoo because I feel most likely nothing has been done to correct the problem.
I will start to take about what i like about the place. the parking was free the prices goes with alot of peoples budget..the food and drinks i felt the prices was fair as well. what i didnt like is that all the anmials were laying down some of them where places we couldnt see them. The la county zoo would be a great place if there was some action there maybe a show..i heard a kid say she was ready to go home the anmials were lazy...the grass everything looks dead. short of staff...i think if they work on a few things they will give los angeles a great ZOO....
Love the zoo but got upset when seeing the one male jaguar in a very small exhibit that was pacing back and forth. Need to place that beautiful animal in a large exhibit to make him happier! We like to see happy animals in an exhibit that is as natural to their habitant as possible.
Free parking (can't beat that), we have an year long family pass which was, I think definitely reasonably priced at $75. However, after seeing other zoos like San Diego, this place needs a lot of work. We come here WEEKLY and sadly, many of the animals are not very active and some of them are in the same spot every time! Kinda weird. They have shows which are often canceled, empty cages in many areas, & the opening for the elephant exhibit is being pushed back further. We bought the pass just to get good exercise and our toddler loves it. Not a very impressive place but it'd definitely worth the $. First timers don't need the entire day to see the zoo.
Kids like being at the zoo! They can act like the animals. It's great exercise. Of course it smells...um, there are animals in there! No one is going to catter to your every whim but the sights are nice.
ps, PEOPLE COMPLAIN TOO MUCH! It's a zoo for Pete's sake! NOT a 4 star hotel!!! SHEESH!
I read a lot of the reviews before going to the zoo today. Despite all of the bad reviews, we still decided to go to the zoo. I am so glad I didn't listen to what other people said about it. My husband, me and my 15 month old son all had so much fun. There were tons of animals and it is a very beautiful place. The price is great and I will definately be going again. I will definately recommend it to others you have never been before. The only complaint I have is that the food is very expensive. Other than that, it is a fun place to take the family and well worth the $12 admission.
We are from Reno, Nevada, and were looking for a treat while in Southern California to reward our animal-loving 10 year old for a great report card. We've done the amusement parks in the past, were looking for something more... enriching. This Zoo was not "all that". Be advised that it is hilly and there is a lot of walking involved (we are not afraid of some good old-fashioned walking, but this seemed extensive). Although the park provides a tram, it costs, if memory serves, $4 extra per person. It only cost $25 to get in for three of us, they expected us to pay $12 more for shuttling? Why not charge all visitors a little more and include the tram service??? Also, they repeated various animals throughout the park, it seemed like their stock was low so they were using "fillers", and there were still a number of empty cages. The map provided was pretty vague regarding which animals were where, so instead of customizing our experience based on our interests, we had to go down every corridor 'just in case'.
If your ever in the area and your on a budget with the kids this is the place to go. It was $10 for aduts, don't remember how much for kids but it should be a few bucks off.
They didn't have alot of animals, I wasn't impressed. Its big place compared the Sacramento Zoo.
So... bottom line, have kids and want an inexpensive outing? $10 vs $66 (Adult pricing) at Disneyland the Zoo just got better!
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