Hippo Encounter Tour
Encounter is offered on weekends and holidays – Tickets go on sale two months prior to each date.
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.
*Capacity is limited, and tickets sell out quick. If tickets are not available, please check back for updates.
Presentations & Keeper Talks (New!)
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.
World of Birds Show —
Angela Collier World of Birds Theater
Every day, except Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m.
Hawk Training Demonstration will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 2 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 has re-opened to the public. The new structure features Mediterranean-themed architecture with a two-story stage to better demonstrate birds’ natural behaviors. The stone façade and adjacent archway looks beautiful and will give Jon Guenther, lead keeper, and the rest of our skilled and creative bird show staff an opportunity to incorporate new demonstrations and introduce new flying feats that will enhance the performances. 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 has been equipped with power, lighting, and a drainage system for efficient cleaning. The beautifully landscaped lawn was provided as an in-kind donation by Diamond Landscaping, Inc. More than 20 species of birds will perform in the shows, including macaws, condors, vultures, crane, hornbill, hawks, owls, and eagles.
Elephant Training Demonstration
Visit the Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at the Elephants of Asia habitat to observe a training demonstration led by L.A. Zoo animal keepers. Daily (except Thursdays) at 11 a.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.
- Open daily: 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.*
- $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)
Visit the top of the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo to get up-close and touchable 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. This species only reaches around two feet, and the adults weigh in between 20 and 50 pounds. These colorful and curious babies 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! Open each day from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and 1:30–4 p.m.
The California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ)
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 LA Zoo plays in saving this amazing species. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and City recognized holidays, from 10 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Animals & You Program
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 on weekdays at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 .a.m and on weekends at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. (subject to availability). 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 Desert hedgehog
Black Widow spider
California Desert tortoise
Chilean Rose tarantula
Darkling beetles (stinkbugs)
Hog Island boa
Inland bearded dragon
La Plata 3-banded armadillo
Madagascar hissing cockroach
Old World babbit
San Diego gopher snake
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.
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.
*Activities and schedules may vary or be subject to cancellation due to weather conditions or animal needs.