The Los Angeles Zoo Supports L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Initiative on Solving Homelessness by Sponsoring a Donation Drive and Offering a $10 General Admission Ticket to All People Who Donate


November 16, 2017

November 20, 2017 to November 23, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Make Thanksgiving week extra special by giving back to a cause near home. The Los Angeles Zoo has partnered with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative on solving homelessness by sponsoring a donation drive for the Skid Row Hygiene Center. Beginning Monday November 20, 2017 through Thursday, November 23, 2017 L.A. Zoo visitors can receive a general admission ticket for just $10, valid for adults and children, by donating any product listed below at Zoo admission window. To take advantage of this special offer, visitors can donate at least one qualifying item for each discounted ticket. GLAZA members will receive a free carousel ticket, limit one ticket per item and two per membership. Tickets are valid on the day issued only.

Items valid for donation:

  • Towels
  • Washcloth multi-pack
  • Socks – male/ female, all sizes (Pack of 3+)
  • Underwear – male/ female, all sizes (Pack of 3+)
  • Baby Diapers, pack of 24+
  • Adult Diapers, pack of 24+
  • Feminine Hygiene products, pack of 18+
  • Laundry detergent, liquid 40 oz+ or pods 30 ct +
  • Personal Care Kit ( 5+ travel size items in case)
  • Small travel bags (duffels, totes, etc…)
  • Sweatshirts or sweatpants — any size

All items must be NEW in sealed packages or with tags.

Mayor Garcetti’s homelessness strategy is built around three main pillars: expanding street outreach; building permanent supportive housing; and balancing health and safety concerns with the rights and needs of people who are living in unacceptable conditions. Nothing solves homelessness like a home, which is why the City of Los Angeles is leveraging every existing dollar to end the crisis, while advocating for new funding to create more housing options. While the City gets to work building new housing, it is also expanding services, growing outreach teams, developing short-term housing options, concentrating resources around high-risk homeless communities, and coordinating across City departments, to ensure that Angelenos are put on the path to housing quickly and receive services where they are, in real-time.

REINDEER ROMP: It is the perfect time to visit the L.A. Zoo with an abundance of holiday activities taking place including Reindeer Romp. A rare chance to visit real reindeer in their charming “Reindeer Village” habitat also featuring fun reindeer facts and holiday photo ops daily. Weekend activities include make-your-own antler crafts, reindeer keeper talks at 11 am and 2 pm and a rotating schedule of animals unwrapping “gifts” of their own. Visits with Santa Claus in a whimsical North Pole setting (for a nominal fee) take place on weekend days, November 18 through December 17, 11 am to 3 pm, with a variety of photo packages available. For a great value, all Reindeer Romp activities, except Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission. Also included with paid Zoo admission are daily close-up “Animals & You” encounters, intriguing shows, talks and guided experiences, training demonstrations and more.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at