Los Angeles Zoo (former) – Los Angeles CA


Although the zoo was shut down in 1965, the grounds are still standing and open to the public for walking and picnics, and the site is often used in film and photo locations. A sign at the old zoo reads as follows:

“The Griffith Park canyon area served as the City’s Zoo from its founding in 1912 to 1965, when the Los Angeles Zoo moved to its current location about two miles north of where you are currently standing. Many of the walls, grottos, and other enclosures you see today were built in the 1930s by County Relief workers and Works Progress Administration (WPA) crews. Once, bears, lions, monkeys, macaws, goats, elephants, reptiles, and turtles, among others, lived here and the sounds of their growls, roars, calls, and clamor filled this canyon. Although these historic enclosures are no longer appropriate for housing animals, they can be home to memories of family visits to the Griffith Park Zoo, as well as an opportunity to better understand developments in the zoological sciences…”

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Park sign.

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Location Info

Griffith Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Location notes: The trailhead entrance is off Griffith Park Dr. The old zoo itself is at the coordinates shown here.

Coordinates: 34.133929, -118.288477

One comment on “Los Angeles Zoo (former) – Los Angeles CA

  1. Patrick Hughes

    Does anyone have pictures with the animals in the old LA Zoo? I remember going there as a child in the 60’s but have never seen any pictures from when the zoo was open.

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