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Shows & Activities

Learn more about some of the L.A. Zoo’s animal residents from the people who know them best—our amazing animal keepers, education specialists, and docents!

Giraffe Feedings

Feedings occur twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Get up-close and personal with giraffes at the L.A. Zoo! Step-up to our brand new experience, a one-on-one encounter with some graceful giants. You may even get a peek at the adorable baby giraffe born on November 9!

Experience available for $5 at the giraffe exhibit, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are available for purchase at the giraffe exhibit during feeding time.

Hippo Encounter

Weekends and holidays at 12 p.m. (Separate fee required)

Experience a unique up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie. Staff will share details about their daily care, training, and feeding. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is available only at the Los Angeles Zoo on weekends and holidays at 12 p.m. (Separate fee required).

  • General visitors may purchase tickets at any Admissions ticket window.
  • Zoo Members may purchase tickets at Admissions Window #11
  • The minimum age requirement is four years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must sign the Waiver and Release of Claims, included on the e-ticket.

Encounter is offered on weekends and holidays – Tickets go on sale two months prior to each date. Capacity is limited, and tickets sell out quick. If tickets are not available, please check back for updates.

Keeper Talks & Presentations

Learn more about some of the L.A. Zoo’s animal residents from the people who know them best—our amazing animal keepers, education specialists, and docents! Different talks and activities are available each day. Click on the event title for more information.

Demonstrations and Shows

Today, February 25

Sunday, February 26
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Campo Gorilla Reserve

Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

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Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

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Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia

Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

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Tomistoma Talk

11:30AM - 11:50AM

Tomistoma Exhibit

Join us as keepers share insight on our resident Tomistomas near the LAIR.

Tomistoma Talk

11:30AM - 11:50AM

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Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

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World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

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Hippo Encounter

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Hippo ExhibitGet an up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie for this separately ticketed experience.

Hippo Encounter

12:00PM - 12:30PM

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Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

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Animals & You

12:45PM - 1:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45PM - 1:00PM

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Ranch Demo

1:00PM - 1:20PM

Children’s Zoo Adventure Theater

Meet the animals who live on our ranch and experience firsthand what it takes to be a ranch hand.

Ranch Demo

1:00PM - 1:20PM

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Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30PM - 1:50PM

Tasmanian Devil Exhibit

Tasmanian Devils are social feeders. Watch as keepers simulate their natural feeding behaviors and make sure to listen carefully as they make some pretty surprising sounds!

Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30PM - 1:50PM

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World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

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Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Monday, February 27
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Main Flamingo Exhibit

Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

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Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

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Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia

Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

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Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

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Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

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World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Tuesday, February 28
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Campo Gorilla Reserve

Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

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Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

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Seal Talk

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Sea Life Cliffs

Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Talk

11:00AM - 11:20AM

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Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Wednesday, March 1
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Main Flamingo Exhibit

Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

View All Events

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

View All Events

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia

Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

View All Events

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

View All Events

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Thursday, March 2
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Campo Gorilla Reserve

Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

View All Events

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

View All Events

Seal Talk

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Sea Life Cliffs

Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Talk

11:00AM - 11:20AM

View All Events

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

View All Events

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Friday, March 3
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Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Main Flamingo Exhibit

Watch our flamingos greet the day while an education specialist shares fascinating facts about these boisterous birds.

Good Morning Flamingos

10:30AM - 10:50AM

View All Events

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

View All Events

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia

Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

View All Events

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

View All Events

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Today, February 25
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

Campo Gorilla Reserve

Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30AM - 10:50AM

View All Events

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45AM - 11:00AM

View All Events

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia

Watch a training session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Training Demonstration

11:00AM - 11:20AM

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Alligator Talk

11:30AM - 11:50AM

Alligator Exhibit (across from Reggie's Bistro)

Join us as keepers share insight on Reggie the Alligator.

Alligator Talk

11:30AM - 11:50AM

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Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45AM - 12:00PM

View All Events

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00PM - 12:30PM

View All Events

Hippo Encounter

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Hippo ExhibitGet an up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet our beloved hippos, Mara and baby Rosie for this separately ticketed experience.

Hippo Encounter

12:00PM - 12:30PM

View All Events

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit

The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30PM - 12:50PM

View All Events

Animals & You

12:45PM - 1:00PM

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45PM - 1:00PM

View All Events

Ranch Demo

1:00PM - 1:20PM

Children’s Zoo Adventure Theater

Meet the animals who live on our ranch and experience firsthand what it takes to be a ranch hand.

Ranch Demo

1:00PM - 1:20PM

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Australia House Talk

1:30PM - 1:50PM

Australia House

Experience the outback at night as we go on an adventure to visit the residents of our Australia House.

Australia House Talk

1:30PM - 1:50PM

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World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30PM - 3:00PM

View All Events

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Rainforest Stilt House

Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00PM - 3:20PM

Elephant Training Demonstration

Daily (except Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 11 a.m.

Visit the Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at the Elephants of Asia habitat to discover how we keep towering six-ton pachyderms happy and healthy at this fascinating demonstration presented by expert animal care and education staff.

World of Birds Show

Daily (except Tuesday) at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Launched by a major gift from the Angela Collier Foundation in memory of Angela Collier, the new Angela Collier World of Birds Theater re-opened to the public in 2014. The new structure features Mediterranean-themed architecture with a two-story stage to better demonstrate birds’ natural behaviors. The stone façade and archways provide a stunning Old World backdrop that enhances the performances created by Lead Keeper Jon Guenther and the rest of our skilled bird show staff, who have incorporated new demonstrations and flying feats.

The facility includes an A/V system to control music, sound, and cue the trainers. Cameras and monitors view and record every part of the facility—onstage, backstage, and offstage. The backstage area houses bird caging, food prep, and storage, and is equipped with power, lighting, and a drainage system for efficient cleaning. The pristine lawn was provided as an in-kind donation by Diamond Landscaping, Inc. More than 20 species of birds perform in the show, including macaws, condors, vultures, crane, hornbill, hawks, owls, and eagles. Phoenix, the Harris’ hawk, preforms the most notable behavior by flying off the hill, through the turret at a tremendous speed, and landing on a trainer’s glove stationed in the stands.

The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel

Open daily from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Made possible by a generous gift from Ann and Jerry Moss, this amazing addition to the Zoo experience features 64 unique hand-carved wooden figures and a universally accessible standing chariot. Located next to Treetops Terrace.

  • $3 per ride (revenue helps fund programs at the Zoo)
  • Children under 42 inches in height must be accompanied by one adult (at no additional charge)

Muriel's Ranch

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Visit the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo to get up close with our goats and sheep in the animal contact area known as Muriel’s Ranch, made possible by a generous gift from the Max H. Gluck Foundation. Fifteen sweet-tempered baby Nigerian Dwarf goats were added to the Ranch in late 2012, and the Zoo has seen newborn additions to the family of goats in the years that have followed. This species only reaches a height of around two feet, and the adults weigh in between 20 and 50 pounds. These colorful and curious species are a kid-friendly size and a must-see for the young and young-at-heart! We have brushes available for you to groom these fun domestic animals!

The California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ)

Open Saturdays, Sundays, and City holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The CCRZ is a fun, facilitated play space designed for children ages six and up. In an exciting immersive environment, children discover what it takes to protect California condors and the important role the L.A. Zoo plays in saving this amazing species.

Animals & You Program

Weekdays at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and weekends at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. (subject to availability)

You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! These 15-minute long animal close-ups take place at stations in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo. Particular animals vary and are not listed for a certain day or time. The program consists of the following animals that rotate through the Animals & You stations:

  • African white-bellied hedgehog
  • Guinea pig
  • La Plata three-banded armadillo
  • Old World rabbit
  • Cayuga duck
  • Angolan python
  • California desert tortoise
  • Eastern box turtle
  • Florida box turtle
  • Gopher snake
  • Hog Island boa
  • Inland bearded dragon
  • San Diego gopher snake
  • Shingleback skink
  • Woma python
  • Asian forest scorpion
  • Black widow spider
  • Chilean rose tarantula
  • Darkling beetles (stink bugs)
  • Desert hairy scorpion
  • Ironclad beetles
  • Madagascar hissing cockroaches
  • Red-knee tarantula

Neil Papiano Play Park

The Neil Papiano Play Park (located in the upper Zoo along the perimeter road) incorporates animal-themed climbing sculptures, large play structures, a toddler area, water misters, grassy landscaping, and a large picnic area. It was specially designed to be accessible to all children visiting the Zoo, including those with medical and physical challenges.

Audio Tour

Available both in English and in Spanish, the L.A. Zoo audio tour features 14 of our most weird and wonderful animals! You can hear the information from your computer or by calling on your cell phone at the Zoo. For English, call 866/933-4005. For Spanish, call 866/933-4006. More information is available in your Zoo Map handout.

Click here to listen to the audio tour.

*Activities and schedules may vary or be subject to cancellation due to weather conditions or animal needs.

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