Zoo in Los Angeles
Inexplicably, Angelenos tend to forget that L.A. is home to not one but two zoos—the operational Los Angeles Zoo and the long-defunct Griffith Park Zoo (the previous home of the L.A. Zoo before it moved to its current location in 1966). That’s a crying shame. Just because a zoo is totally dilapidated doesn’t mean it’s meritless. Is the zoo that draws 1.75 million visitors every year really better?
This year, the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens turns a fabulous 50. The Griffith Park attraction is one of the city’s most popular destinations, drawing nearly two millions visitors each year, and for good reason. It is home to more than 1,000 animals representing some 250 species, many rare or endangered. So whatever your favorite - meerkats or mandrills, komodo dragons or kangaroos - chances are you’ll get to see them here. Cool, overcast days offer some of the best viewing opportunities. But even on a hot, summer afternoon there is tons to see and do. The L.A. Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Have you ever given a pig a belly rub, talked to a turkey, or kissed a cow? The animals at Farm Sanctuary love visitors, and you will surely love spending time with them at our unique shelters. Farm sanctuary is a special place where animals who are victims of abuse, neglect, and factory farms get to live the good life of water, space and shelter. Guests can take an hour-long tour of the shelter with a tour guides, meeting animals along the way.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 133-acre (54 ha) zoo founded in 1966 and located in Los Angeles, California. The city of Los Angeles owns the entire zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, education, public information, and administrative staff are city employees.
The Wildlife Learning Center is wonderful for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is the rare animal sanctuary that is open to the public seven days a week from 11am to 5pm. Guests are able to walk the grounds and meet 50 different species of animals from all around the world. The WLC works hard to battle “Nature Deficit Disorder” which they attribute to kids and their dependency/addiction to technology..