50 Years of Nurturing Wildlife & Enriching the Human Experience

50 Milestones

Take a look back at just some of the many remarkable animals, conservation achievements, firsts, innovations, partnerships, friends, and advocates that have made the Zoo what it is now: something to ZooLAbrate. 

Fabulous Faces

The animals in this portrait gallery aren't just beautiful or charming or cute or quirky. They and many others have helped define the L.A. Zoo over the last half-century – inspiring great work at the Zoo and vital conservation efforts in the field.

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#MyLAZoo Memories

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Help tell the rich, wonderful, diverse, fascinating, touching, inspiring, and, yes, even funny story of the L.A. Zoo.

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Ellen Weitzel - A day at the zoo with my granddaughter Ofelia. She loved seeing all the animals and getting her face painted!

Crystal Flores - Our daughter Marie at the petting zoo, patting a goat with her dad.

Daniel Ruiz - My son Max was so fascinated in visiting the Zoo this day. We've since became family members and it never gets old!

Rashid Ocheltree - This is a picture of the animal rides at the Zoo. They had camels and an elephant.

Ann Hatzopoulos - 1968 LA Zoo "dial-a-map"

Craig Newsom - Opening day passport.

Antonieta Munoz - I remember the Los Angeles Zoo in the 70s when you could feed the animals and pet them. I also remember the flamingo exhibit which is different from today.

Those lucky enough to be born on the same day the L.A. Zoo opened were enrolled in the Los Angeles Zoo Birthday Club!


“View the Zoo anew” with the help of these fun and fascinating curated lists.

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