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Free Shows & Activities

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!

Keeper Talks & Presentations

Demonstrations and Shows

Today, December 6

Sunday, December 8
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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sea Life Cliffs Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Campfire Stories

10:30 am - 10:50 am

California Condor Rescue Zone Gather ‘round the (pretend) campfire and join us for an interactive story time featuring condors and their animal friends.

Campfire Stories

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Tomistoma Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Tomistoma Exhibit
Join us as keepers share insight on our resident Tomistomas near the LAIR.

Tomistoma Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

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Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Tasmanian Devil Exhibit

Tasmanian Devils are social feeders. Watch as keepers simulate their natural feeding behaviors and make sure to listen carefully as they make some pretty surprising sounds!

Tasmanian Devil Feeding

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Monday, December 9
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, December 10
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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sea Life Cliffs Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 11
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, December 12
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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sea Life Cliffs Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Today, December 6
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Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Campo Gorilla Reserve Gorillas go through a morning routine just like we do. Get to know our gorillas and learn about their behavior from one of our education specialists.

Good Morning Gorillas

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether using binoculars to see small details, joining our education specialists in nature journaling, investigating animal tracks, studying teeth, examining poop, leaves or anything in between, we’re going to slow things down so we can actually “see” our world.

Exploration Station (South America)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

World of Birds Show

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 7
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Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sea Life Cliffs Say hello to our seals—and learn firsthand about the care they receive from their devoted keepers at the L.A. Zoo.

Seal Demonstration

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Campfire Stories

10:30 am - 10:50 am

California Condor Rescue Zone Gather ‘round the (pretend) campfire and join us for an interactive story time featuring condors and their animal friends.

Campfire Stories

10:30 am - 10:50 am

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Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at Elephants of Asia Watch a session with our Asian elephants and learn how zookeepers use positive reinforcement to build bonds with the elephants—and keep them healthy and safe.

Elephant Care Demonstration

11:00 am - 11:20 am

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Alligator Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Alligator Exhibit (across from Reggie's Bistro)
Join us as keepers share insight on Reggie the Alligator.

Alligator Talk

11:30 am - 11:50 am

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Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains Exhibit
The L.A. Zoo has one of the largest chimpanzee troops in the nation. During this daily activity, an educational specialist will be on hand to chat about these great apes as they go through their midday routine.

Chimp Chat

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

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Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Winnick Family Children’s Zoo You’re sure to have a wild time during these close-up creature encounters! Come eye to eye with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents—and learn all about them from specially trained volunteers.

Animals & You

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

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Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Kangaroo/ Tasmanian Devil Exhibits
You never know what you’ll encounter on an Australia Walkabout! A rotating slate of daily programs may include animal feedings, tours, and keeper talks.

Walkabout Australia

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to explore the amazing world of birds in our aviary. You can use binoculars to view the residents up close, memorialize your observations through nature journaling, and chat with an education specialist to take your birding skills to the next level.

Exploration Station (Aviary)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Rainforest Stilt House Learn about some of the zoo's most playful residents as they swim, slip, and slide around their exhibit.

Otter Talk

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Different talks and activities are available each day. Click on the event title for more information.

World of Birds Show

Shows daily (except Tuesdays) at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

At the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

The World of Birds Show has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. This free-flight show spotlights the natural behaviors and amazing abilities of its stars.

More than 20 species of birds perform in the show, including macaws, condors, vultures, crane, hornbill, hawks, owls, and eagles. Phoenix, the Harris’ hawk, preforms the most notable behavior by flying off the hill, through the turret at a tremendous speed, and landing on a trainer’s glove stationed in the stands.

Launched by a major gift from the Angela Collier Foundation in memory of Angela Collier, the new Angela Collier World of Birds Theater re-opened to the public in 2014.

Elephant Care Demonstration

Daily (except Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 11 a.m.

Visit the Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at the Elephants of Asia habitat to discover how we keep towering six-ton pachyderms happy and healthy at this fascinating demonstration presented by expert animal care and education staff.

Muriel's Ranch

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Visit the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo to get up close 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, and the Zoo has seen newborn additions to the family of goats in the years that have followed. This species only reaches a height of around two feet, and the adults weigh in between 20 and 50 pounds. These colorful and curious species 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!

The California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ)

Open Saturdays, Sundays, and City holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Because of the sensitive nature of our work with California condors, they are not currently exhibited to the public. But Zoo guests can get incredible views of these iconic birds via live webcam feeds at the California Condor Rescue Zone, an educational, engaging interactive play space located in our Entry Plaza.

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 L.A. Zoo plays in saving this amazing species.

Animals & You Program

Weekdays at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and weekends at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. (subject to availability)

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. 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 white-bellied hedgehog
  • Guinea pig
  • Blue-tongued skink
  • Old World rabbit
  • Cayuga duck
  • Angolan python
  • California desert tortoise
  • Eastern box turtle
  • California kingsnake
  • Gopher snake
  • Hog Island boa
  • Inland bearded dragon
  • San Diego gopher snake
  • Shingleback skink
  • Woma python
  • Pancake tortoise
  • Chinchilla
  • Chilean rose tarantula
  • Darkling beetles (stink bugs)
  • Desert hairy scorpion
  • Ironclad beetles
  • Madagascar hissing cockroaches
  • Red-knee tarantula
  • Lesser hedgehog tenrec

Neil Papiano Play Park

Come enjoy the exciting updates to Neil Papiano Play Park! The play park recently received enhancements like more shade and upgraded play structures thanks, in part, to a grant from the Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation.

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.

Special Experiences

Get exclusive VIP access, explore the Zoo at night, or wake up with the animals!

Fun Add-ons

Upgrade the day with these fun add-ons to your visit!

Camps & Classes

Get a deeper connection with the Zoo and wildlife through these fun, engaging, inspiring programs for kids, adults, and classrooms.

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