The L.A. Zoo is closed until further notice following the City and State's Safer at Home Order to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

July, 2020 Update

As of July 14, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an updated “Safer LA” order which rescinds openings for certain businesses, including the Zoo. Our last update to the public shared we were aiming for a July reopening, but that is no longer the case. With record-breaking new cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County and increased positivity rates and hospitalizations, the L.A. Zoo agrees with the Mayor that it is not safe to reopen at this time. The Zoo will remain closed indefinitely until the City of Los Angeles authorizes us to safely reopen. In the meantime, we continue to plan a modified, safe reopening experience for our guests and, as always, provide exceptional care for the animals. Check back here or follow us on social media (@lazoo) for updates on our reopening status. Please remember to be safe and take care.

Previous Updates

June, 2020

The Zoo Continues to Prepare to Reopen With a Modified, Safe Zoo Experience

The Los Angeles County Health Department issued guidance yesterday allowing several categories of businesses and organizations in Los Angeles County, including zoos, the option to reopen to the public Friday, June 12. The Los Angeles Zoo, which closed to the public on March 13, will remain closed while it continues making preparations for its reopening.

The Zoo’s reopening plan will create a modified, safe Zoo experience for guests, staff, and the animals. A few key safety measures include requiring staff and guests to wear face coverings, installing directional signage encouraging social distancing between groups, increasing cleaning and sanitization practices, and the closure of indoor spaces and high touch areas.

The Zoo tentatively hopes to reopen some time in July. For more information, please follow the Los Angeles Zoo on social media @lazoo.

May, 2020

The L.A. Zoo is closed until further notice following the City’s Safer at Home Order to help slow the spread of coronavirus and avoid a surge in the number of cases that would overwhelm our hospitals. The City of Los Angeles will take a gradual and staged approach in its response to this crisis. The Mayor will be working with leaders across the region and continuing to be guided by expertise from County, State, and Federal public health officials. This approach will enable the City of Los Angeles to slowly lift restrictions while carefully monitoring risks and needs, and adjusting their approach as needed. This strategy will be slow, deliberate, coordinated, and driven by data and public health criteria. For more information about the City’s roadmap to safely reopening, please visit Mayor Garcetti’s Safer L.A. website

April 5, 2020

The Los Angeles Zoo became aware today that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness. As a fellow member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), our thoughts are with the Bronx Zoo as they care for their felines that have been impacted and bring them to a full recovery.

Upon hearing this news, the L.A. Zoo immediately set protocols in place for every cat species in our care, initiating the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves and social distancing with these animals. The L.A. Zoo already practices these safety measures with our primate, binturong, and mustelid species. The L.A. Zoo will not be testing any of our felid, primate, binturong, or mustelid species at this time because none of them are showing any COVID-19 related symptoms. In addition, the USDA is not recommending routine testing of animals for this virus. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals out of an abundance of caution. The decision to test any of our animals will be made collaboratively between local, state, or federal public and animal health officials and the Zoo’s animal health experts.

The health and safety of the Zoo’s animals is our top priority. Our animal health experts on staff are in communication with public health officials, along with local, national, and international veterinary networks, to stay up-to-date on animals in human care and any potential risks.

For more information please visit the USDA website.

March 20, 2020

A message from Denise Verret, CEO and Zoo Director

It’s been a week since we made the decision to close the Zoo, in order to protect our staff and our community. Yesterday, new Safer at Home orders were issued, extending our closure through April 19 which is a responsible decision aimed at flattening the curve as soon as possible. Spring is always an exciting time here at the L.A Zoo: We have new babies, the weather is generally beautiful, and people want to spend time outdoors. Our spring programming would normally just be getting underway. But we are 100% committed to stemming the spread of COVID-19. Since we can’t welcome guests through our gates, we are working to bring the Zoo to you and your family through social media and the Zoo’s website. We hope you find this content enriching to the mind and soul during this time of adjustment to our way of life as Angelenos.

During uncertain times, we draw strength from our families, friends, and communities. As a visitor, member, or animal lover, you are part of our extended L.A. Zoo family, and we are extraordinarily grateful for your support.

Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you back again as soon as we can responsibly do so.

– Denise Verret

March 12, 2020 – As of March 13, the Los Angeles Zoo will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020 to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Zoo employees will continue to report to work as normal, in order to care for our animals and facility.

The safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are our top priority. We are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and continually evaluating information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.


We know you love animals as much as we do, and we want to reassure you that our animal care staff will continue to provide the same high-level of care for our animals at the L.A. Zoo. Our animal health experts on staff are in communication with public health officials, along with local and national veterinary networks, to stay up-to-date on animals in human care and any potential risks. Deliveries and the procurement of food for the animals continues at normal levels.


We will miss seeing you at the Zoo, but we promise to keep you connected to our beloved animals while we’re closed. Please follow the L.A. Zoo on social media for regular posts and updates, as well as some peaceful videos of our animals.


The safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the Zoo has suspended or cancelled the following events and activities until a future date:

  • Wildlife Weekends with LEGO
  • Zoo Camp
  • Family Nature Club
  • Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series
  • PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend
  • Roaring Nights


Your Zoo Family really needs you now. Your membership helps fund animal care, animal enrichment lots of Zoo programs and projects, and even our staff. Without your support, these days will be exceptionally difficult for GLAZA and the Zoo. If your renewal date is right around the corner, we hope you will renew your membership and continue to support your favorite animals at the L.A. Zoo. Our membership department can be reached at [email protected]


Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers

I have tickets to the Zoo. How long can I use them? Can I return them? 

If you have purchased general admission tickets to the L.A. Zoo, your tickets are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and you are welcome to use them any time within that year. We do not issue refunds.

Can I put a hold on my membership? 

Once we have a reopening date, your membership will be automatically extended to make up for the active membership days you lost during our closure period. Your support helps us provide our animals with the care they need, keep staff on the job, and ensure that the Zoo is ready for you when we reopen.

Are any events, classes, or activities being canceled?  

We have canceled activities, special programming and events, and private events scheduled to take place during our closure, including Summer Zoo Camp. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make further decisions on programming and activities based on the best information and recommendations available. Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

What can I do to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Stay informed with the latest information at
  • Follow the City of Los Angeles “Safer L.A.” emergency order by staying in your residence and limiting all activities outside of your home beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Wear a non-medical cloth face covering when leaving the house for essential activities. More information here:

For more information, visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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