About the Los Angeles Zoo

Nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience.

Mission Statement

To serve the community, the Los Angeles Zoo will create an environment for recreation and discovery; inspire an appreciation of wildlife through exhibitry and education; ensure the highest level of animal welfare; and support programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat.

Vision Statement

We will leverage the diverse resources of Los Angeles to be an innovator for the global zoo community, creating dynamic experiences to connect people and animals.

Overview

The City of Los Angeles owns the Zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, learning and engagement, public information, and administrative staff are City employees. The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is Eric Garcetti, who began his first term in 2013. Located within the 4th City Council District, the Zoo is represented by Councilmember Nithya Raman. Denise M. Verret was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as CEO and Zoo Director July 2019.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created in 1963 as a private, nonprofit fundraising organization to support the Zoo. Today, GLAZA provides support through fundraising, membership, marketing and public relations, organizing special events and travel programs, producing award-winning publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo volunteer programs in the country, administering the contract for visitor services concessions within the Zoo, and supporting community relations. GLAZA President Tom Jacobson was appointed by its Board of Trustees in July 2019.

Fact Sheet

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 2,200 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo receives nearly 1.8 million visitors per year and is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. The daily management of the Zoo is overseen by Chief Executive Officer & Zoo Director Denise M. Verret. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Size

133 acres

Location

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

In Griffith Park, at the intersection of the Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways.

Hours

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (December 25).

Zoo Administration
Zoo Administration

Listing of Zoo administrative staff and accreditation information.

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

As the Zoo’s nonprofit advocate and partner, GLAZA commits to provide financial and mission support to the Zoo and its programs.

Los Angeles Zoo History
Los Angeles Zoo History

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.

Zoo Commission
Zoo Commission

The Board of Zoo Commissioners was created in 1997 when the Los Angeles Zoo became its own Department; previously it was part of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan Environmental Impact Report
Los Angeles Zoo Vision Plan Environmental Impact Report

The proposed Project would guide future development and modernization of the Zoo for the next 20 years.

Business Opportunities
Business Opportunities

GLAZA occasionally issues Requests for Proposals for various business opportunities in connection with our activities at the Zoo.

American Association of Zoo Keepers, L.A. Chapter
American Association of Zoo Keepers, L.A. Chapter

Zoos have long been considered institutions of education and entertainment, but their role as conservation organizations is becoming more prominent as natural habitat around the world shrinks.

Contact
Contact

Contact information for the Los Angeles Zoo.