The L.A. Zoo is closed until further notice in conformance with the Governor's Regional Stay Home Order to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

December 6, 2020 Update


On December 7, the L.A Zoo will officially close to the public in conformance with the Governor’s Regional Stay Home Order. This closure will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks, and the L.A. Zoo will be closed until authorized to reopen.  

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals are our top priority. Essential Zoo employees will continue to report to work in order to care for our animals and facility. L.A. Zoo guests and members who have purchased and/or reserved tickets on dates during the L.A. Zoo’s closure will be contacted by email with further information.  

Further updates will be posted here. Guests may also follow the L.A. Zoo on social media (@lazoo) for current updates on the Zoo’s operational status. More information about the Regional Stay Home Order can be found at 


Your Zoo Family really needs you now. Your membership and donations help fund animal care, animal enrichment, Zoo programs and projects, and Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) operations. You can play a significant role in our recovery efforts by donating, because without your support, these days will be exceptionally difficult for GLAZA and the Zoo. If your membership renewal date is coming up, we hope you will renew and continue to support your favorite animals at the L.A. Zoo.  


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 animals at the L.A. Zoo. Our animal health experts 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.


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 (@lazoo) for regular posts and updates. Visit the for animal and educational videos and activities. 


The safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are always our top priority. During the Zoo’s closure, we are not offering any in-person programming. Virtual programming continues as scheduled.  


Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers

I have timed-entry general admission tickets to the Zoo in December. 
General admission ticket holders for dates the Zoo is closed will receive an email with information and will automatically be issued a refund. You do not need to contact the Zoo to receive the refund. Please allow up to three weeks for refunds to appear in your account.

I am a member and have reservations in December. What happens to my reservation? 
Members with reservations will receive an email informing them that their reservation has been automatically cancelled and will not count toward their monthly visit maximum. A follow-up email will be sent notifying members when the Zoo is cleared to reopen and when new reservations are available.

Can I put my membership on hold? 
Your tax-deductible membership 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. We do not offer suspension of memberships.


What are you doing to protect the animals?
We are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our animals and staff. Staff are required to take enhanced safety precautions when working around animals at risk of contracting coronavirus.


Is there anything I can do to help the Zoo?
The Zoo and GLAZA depend on ticket sales, membership sales, zoo visits and donations. The temporary closure will have a significant impact on our overall operating budget. Your support is critical as we continue our mission to connect people and wildlife and save animals from extinction. Visit our donate page to help.

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 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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