Shows & Activities

Indian Rhino TourIndian Rhino Encounter Tour

Come meet Randa, our beloved Indian Rhino, up close and personal! The Indian Rhino Encounter includes a behind the scenes direct contact opportunity for participants that may include touching and feeding an Indian Rhinoceros. 

The Indian Rhino Encounter is available every Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays (separate fee required). The encounter takes place at 1pm.

  • General visitors may purchase tickets on site at any Admissions Ticket Window.
  • Zoo Members may purchase tickets onsite at Admissions Window #11.
  • The minimum age requirement is four years old.  All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All participants must sign the Waiver and Release of Claims included on the e-ticket.

Purchase your tickets early as the Encounter is limited to 25 participants and sold on a first-come, first-served basis!       

Purchase your tickets now!

Angela Collier World of Birds Theater

After enchanting Zoo visitors for more than 20 years, the old World of Birds Show at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens was in serious need of renovation. Launched by a major gift from the Angela Collier Foundation in memory of Angela Collier, the new Angela Collier World of Birds Theater is re-opening to the public.

The new structure features Mediterranean-themed architecture with a two-story stage to better demonstrate birds' natural behaviors. The stone façade and adjacent archway looks beautiful and will give Jon Guenther, Senior Keeper, and the rest of our skilled and creative bird show staff an opportunity to incorporate new demonstrations and introduce new flying feats that will enhance the performances.

The facility includes an A/V system to control music, sound, and cue the trainers. Cameras and monitors view and record every part of the facility - onstage, backstage, and offstage. The backstage area houses bird caging, food prep, and storage, and has been equipped with power, lighting, and a drainage system for efficient cleaning. The beautifully landscaped lawn was provided as an in-kind donation by Diamond Landscaping, Inc. More than 20 species of birds will perform in the shows, including macaws, condors, vultures, crane, hornbill, hawks, owls, and eagles. The Theater can house a total of approximately 40 birds at one time.

Beginning April 11, one performance will be offered every day (except Tuesday) at 11:30am.


Elephant Training Demonstration

Visit the Wasserman Family Thai Pavilion at the Elephants of Asia habitat to observe a training demonstration led by L.A. Zoo animal keepers. Daily at 11am.


Dad and Daughter Riding the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation CarouselThe Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel

Made possible by a generous gift from Ann and Jerry Moss, this amazing addition to the Zoo experience features 64 unique hand-carved wooden figures and a universally accessible standing chariot. Located next to Treetops Terrace.

  • Open daily: 10:15am to 4:45pm
  • $3 per ride (revenue helps fund programs at the Zoo!)
  • Children under 42 inches in height must be accompanied by one adult (at no additional charge).


Muriel's Ranch

Visit the top of the Winnick Family Children's Zoo to get up-close and touchable 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. This species only reaches around two feet, and the adults weigh in between 20 and 50 pounds. These colorful and curious babies 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! Open each day from 10am – 1pm, and 1:30pm – 4pm.


The California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ)

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 LA Zoo plays in saving this amazing species. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and City recognized holidays, from 10am - 4:30pm.

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Animals & You Program

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 on weekdays at 10:45am and 11:45am and on weekends at 10:45am, 11:45am, and 12:45pm (subject to availability). 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 Desert Hedgehog
Angolan Python
Black Widow Spider
California Brown Tarantula
California Desert Tortoise
Cayuga Duck
Chilean Rose Tarantula

Colombian Rainbow Boa
Colombian Red Tail Boa
Darkling Beetles (Stinkbugs)
Rosy Boa
Elongated Tortoise
Texas Millipede
Guinea Pig
Inland Bearded Dragon

La Plata 3-Banded Armadillo
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Old World Rabbit
San Diego Gopher Snake
Shingleback Skink
Vietnamese Walking Stick
Virginia Opossum

Zoo GrillNeil Papiano Play Park

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.


Audio Tour

Available both in English and in Spanish, the L.A. Zoo audio tour features 14 of our most Weird and Wonderful animals! You can hear the information from your computer or by calling on your cell phone at the Zoo.

For English, call 866/933-4005. For Spanish, call 866/933-4006. More information is available in your Zoo Map handout.

Click here to go to our Weird and Wonderful tour!


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