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.

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

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Events

  • Roaring Nights Goes Country

    July 21, 6 – 10 p.m.

    18+

    Don’t miss your chance to boot-scoot through the Zoo on a beautiful summer evening while supporting global conservation efforts. Don’t know how to boot scoot? Don’t worry! Dance demos are available, along with live music, zoo keeper talks, animal encounters, backyard BBQ games, photo ops, food trucks, and more. New this year, we’re opening an expanded area of the Zoo for this event, which means you can make yourself at home on a bigger range than ever before.  Full bars are available for guests 21 and older.

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  • Roaring Nights Battle of the Decades: ‘80s vs ‘90s

    September 15, 6 – 10 p.m.

    18+

    The time-tripping continues with tributes to two of the best decades in music. Choose your own adventure that’s either “totally tubular” or “all that and a bag of chips”… or both! This epic evening features legendary 80s icon DJ Richard Blade and the best tunes of the 90s performed live by Boombox Heroes, plus a video game lounge, record-cover photo ops, food trucks, and more. Full bars are available for guests 21 and older. As with all of our nighttime events, proceeds help support the Zoo and its vital conservation work.

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