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Private Events

Unique settings to entertain and inspire

The Los Angeles Zoo offers a variety of beautiful natural locations for parties of any size, from 20 to 500 guests. These outdoor venues are ideal settings for cocktail receptions, company picnics, corporate dinners, galas, holiday parties, wrap parties, trade shows and milestone events, including baby or wedding showers, engagement parties, quinceañeras, wedding receptions, and more. Many special enhancements can be added to private events. Watch this space for updates on offerings and availability.

For more information about event packages and locations, please email events@lazoo.org or fill out the Private Event Inquiry Form.

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Party Locations

  • Entry Plaza
  • Reggie’s Bistro
  • Eucalyptus Grove
  • Treetops Terrace
  • Gazebo #1 and Gazebo #2
  • Cambodia Pavillion
  • Stilt House at Rainforest of the Americas
  • Zoopendous Plaza
  • Elephant Circle
  • Thai Pavilion
  • Mahale Mountain
  • Tiger Plaza
  • Witherbee Auditorium

Special Enhancements

  • Carousel rides
  • Docent-led tours or scavenger hunts (daytime events only)
  • Caricature artist
  • Entertainment and games

Catering

The Private and Corporate Events Manager will introduce you to a representative from Taste of the Wild Catering, who will work with you on creating the perfect menu for your event and your budget.

Zoo Admission Tickets

Zoo admission tickets are required for private events held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Group Ticket Pricing for Daytime Admission
Adults (age 13+)$19 ($3 off regular admission)
Children (ages 2 to 12)$16 ($1 off regular admission)
Children under 2FREE
Group pricing available for groups of 15 or more. Prices subject to change without notice.

FAQs

All venue rentals times will be from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Additional time is available at an additional cost.

All venues require a site rental fee to rent the space for the day or designated time slot. Cave Corner and LAIR Overlook come with picnic tables with umbrellas, seating, and (2) 8’ tables, allowing freedom for the host to create an a-la-carte event.

Zoopendous, Mahale Mountain, Eucalyptus Grove, and Cactus Patio do have packages available that can include tables, chairs, linen, onsite coordinator, set-up, tear-down, and admission into the Zoo (members do not need a separate admission ticket for those covered under their membership).

Please email events@lazoo.org to speak with a coordinator to start planning your event and to find the space that best fits your event needs!

Additional fees and discounts may apply.

Zoo admission tickets or a valid Los Angeles Zoo membership is required for each host and every guest attending your event. L.A. Zoo membership privileges apply, so if you and/or your guests are members, your/their membership cards may be used for entry. The number of entries is based on the membership level. Admission tickets may be purchased the day of your party or may be purchased in advance.

Groups of fifteen (15) or more: Parties of 15 people or more qualify for the group discount ticket rate.

If purchasing tickets ahead of time you have the option of having your tickets mailed to you or you may pick them up using our Will-Call Service, available for an additional $75. Purchasing tickets prior to the party date is strongly encouraged and will expedite you and your guest’s entrance into the zoo.

You may also purchase your group tickets the day of your party at our Admission Tickets Booth the day of your party. Hosts must purchase all tickets together in order to qualify for the group discounted rate.

Regular and group admissions fees are subject to change without notice.

Admission tickets are non-refundable. The Zoo is unable to issue refunds for “no show” guests. However, Zoo admission tickets do not expire and may be used by anyone on any future date.

The L.A. Zoo offers a “Will Call” service for the price of $75. Instead of handing out admission tickets yourself, your guests may pick up their tickets from Zoo staff at the Membership Booth. To use this service, a full guest list must be submitted to your event coordinator via email by SEVEN business days prior to your event, and all tickets must be paid in advance.

If you choose to use the Will Call Service, please be aware of the following policies:

  • Hosts must provide a full guest list of all attendees SEVEN business days prior to the event.
  • Only guests who are listed on the list provided by the host will receive a ticket.
  • If there is an issue with the guest list, the host must come to the Membership booth to handle the issue.
  • Zoo staff will be handing out tickets at Membership Booth from 10-11:30 a.m. If a guest arrives after the time frame they can pick up their tickets from the main windows at the Membership Booth; there may be a line.
  • Any extra tickets needed may be purchased at full admission price at the Admission Tickets Booth.
  • If there are tickets unclaimed by guests, the host may collect those tickets for future use from the Membership Booth. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets do not expire and may be redeemed for general zoo admission on another date.

For the safety of our animals, the following are not allowed: balloons, bounce houses, straws, streamers, open flames, glass bottles, whistles, balls, Frisbees, glitter, string-a-can, silly string, live animals, electric toys, piñatas, sparkles, stickers, and confetti.

We do not recommend bringing anything that requires hanging.

Cave Corner has six picnic tables with umbrellas and bench seating, and (2) 8′ rectangular tables.
LAIR Overlook has ten picnic tables with umbrellas and bench seating, and (2) 8′ rectangular tables.

All other venue layouts are customizable.

Prior to booking your party, you are welcome to purchase a ticket to visit the Zoo and view the available locations and select the one most suitable for your party. To ensure that rental fees for the birthday party locations remain affordable, we are unable to offer private tours of the party locations.

You may begin set up 30 minutes prior to your assigned party time. All parties must be completed by 3:30 p.m.

All clean-up is your responsibility and must be completed 30 minutes after your party.

A $150.00 fee will be assessed if the space is not cleaned.

There will be a $75 planning and processing fee that will be applied to your event (discounts do apply to this cost, please be sure to ask your coordinator).

All bookings will be handled by an event coordinator to help reserve the space and go over any information needed for your event. However, depending on the event, your coordinator will not necessarily be on-site the day-of.

For those ordering food through our caterer, you will have a point person for catering present on the day of your event.

Depending on any additional add-ons selected from our “Make it Wilder” section, or based on the specific needs of your event, an events staff member may be assigned to be present on the day of your event. Otherwise, we give you the freedom to create your own itinerary and activities.

Please check out the Zoo Calendar for special animal keeper talks and demonstrations.

To speak to a private event coordinator, please email events@lazoo.org.

Hosts may bring in their own food only for Cave Corner and LAIR Overlook. Hosts may order from our in-house caterer, Taste of the Wild (minimum $1,000 purchase). In-house catering options include paper goods. If you decide to bring your own food to the designated venues and need help transporting items, you will need to purchase cart service.

We suggest you bring a wagon to help you cart items between your vehicle and the party location.

Cart Service: For your convenience, you may purchase a Convenient Cart (Cart Service) for $300, which will take your items to and from the parking lot to the venue. Carts are not available to transport your guests.

Hosts will not have use of a kitchen, refrigerator, or access to any electrical outlets for heating food. We do not have storage facilities for food or gifts.

Bringing in alcohol is strictly prohibited.

To reserve a party location, fill out a party rental form. Your reservation will be confirmed with full payment of the site rental fee.

If you are unable to attend your party, the payments you have made are considered charitable contributions and may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Charitable contribution letters are available upon request. Parties will take place regardless of weather. The party space reservation and any add-on food orders cannot be rescheduled.

Everything must be requested two weeks before your event. If you are purchasing our will-call service, you may purchase your admission tickets up to SEVEN business days before your event.

Admission tickets may be purchased the day of your event from the admission ticket booth.

See the Make it Wilder!

Please consider requesting your guests make a contribution to GLAZA in lieu of gifts.