Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s new section “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.
Just across the L.A. River and the 134 Freeway in Griffith Park, the L.A. Zoo continues it long tradition as a great day out for all ages and interests. Perfect for a date, a beautiful place to get some exercise or as a fun outing for the whole family, the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens has added several new exhibits and features in recent years.
The L.A. Zoo’s paved pathways and lush foliage make for pleasant walking, stroller pushing or electric wheelchair maneuvering through the park’s 113 acres. The Safari Shuttle gives tired feet a lift around the parking, making four stops along the perimeter. Comfortable shoes are a must. On hot days, the Zoo gets very hot, so sunscreen, hats and water are important to pack.
But the animals and plants are worth the trek! From the welcoming sea lions in the entry plaza to busy meerkats, colorful flamingos and raucous monkeys to sleepy koalas, playful orangutans, stately giraffes and massive gorillas, the L.A. Zoo seems to have more than two of every kind of animal.
For children, the Zoo provides an up close look and interesting information on ecosystems and animals, especially endangered animals, throughout the world. Teens and adults are certainly still charmed by the park and its mission.
Whether you spend a few hours or the whole day, the L.A. Zoo is a treat. Pack your own lunch or purchase food and snacks at the concession stands for a picnic in this gorgeous location.
The Elephants of Asia habitat opened in 2010 on over six acres of land. The Zoo’s exhibit focuses on conservation and education of elephants in different regions including Thailand, India and China. The Zoo’s elephants come out for a visit during specific times of the day.
In 2012, the LAIR – Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles – opened which houses more than 60 different species in mini individual environments.
The Rainforest of the Americas exhibit, which debuted in 2014, showcases life in a tropical rainforest from treetops to the river, including piranhas, giant otters, harpy eagles and cotton-top tamarins.
Earlier this year in May, the Zoo unveiled its new jaguar habitat which houses male jaguar Kaloa and male female pair Stewie and Johar.
The L.A. Zoo & Botanical Gardens continues to be a treasure in the heart of Los Angeles. One day admission is $20 for adults age 13 and up, $17 for seniors over age 62, $15 for children ages 2 to 13 and children under 2 are free. Family memberships start at $134 annually. The park is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily every day of the year except for December 25.