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Zoo Tickets & Reservations

Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

Please note that the animals start to go in for the night at 4 p.m. Last entry to the Zoo is at 3:45 p.m.

Sample craft brews, cocktails, and alcohol-free sips while enjoying food and music. Saturday, August 3. Must be 21+

It’s the 21-and-over way to do the Zoo with live music, dancing, and food trucks. Join the party on September 14.

Explore the Zoo on a beautiful summer evening with the entire family on Friday August 9, 16, 23, and 30!

Learn about exclusive experiences available for members only.

Looking for Deals and Discounts? Discounted tickets for military and members of select zoos are available at the Box Office.

Know Before You Go

Mask Recommendations

Face coverings are optional.  Please check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and L.A. County Public Health Department websites for the most up to date information and guidance.

Changes in the Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo is closely monitoring the development of zoonotic diseases in the United States. For the health and welfare of the animals in our care, some habitats and experiences will remain closed or have restricted access to ensure physical distancing. The majority of animal exhibits will be accessible to guests.


Still have questions? Find answers to common questions about the Zoo and its operations.

Los Angeles Zoo Code of Conduct

The Los Angeles Zoo takes great pride in its facilities, staff, and animals. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests and for the safety of our animals and staff, all guests must abide by these Rules and Code of Conduct. At the discretion of Zoo management and staff, any guest in violation of these Rules and Code of Conduct, or any other applicable rule or law, may be subject to declined admission, ejection, arrest, and/or loss of ticket privileges for future visits with no refund or compensation provided. By entering the Los Angeles Zoo, you agree to follow all applicable laws and Zoo rules.

Zoo Guests are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of other guests, staff, animals, and the Zoo facility and shall not engage in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behavior.  Zoo Guests are responsible for their own conduct, as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons using their tickets. Prohibited behaviors or circumstances include:

  • Intoxication.
  • Throwing projectiles of any kind.
  • Littering.
  • Displaying affection not appropriate in a public or family setting.
  • Fighting of any sort.
  • Not showing common courtesy to other guests, staff, and our animals by using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior. This includes threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behavior or any act which provokes a breach of the peace.
  • Feeding or attempting to feed/contact any of the animals (including wild animals on Zoo property such as squirrels, peacocks, ducks, etc.), except for where such feeding/contact is part of an organized event or experience.
  • Refusing to remove a service dog when asked to do so by staff.
  • Harassment in any form toward the animals (including wild animals on grounds), other guests, or our staff.
  • Failing to follow written or verbal instructions of our staff or directions of each area or attraction at the Zoo, or behaving in a manner that may endanger the safety of any person, other guests, staff, or animals at the Zoo.
  • Removing anything from Zoo grounds that belongs to the Zoo such as décor items, plants, signage, Zoo strollers, and wheelchairs.
  • Distributing or displaying unapproved printed or recorded materials.
  • Unauthorized sale (or display) of goods or services.
  • Swimming, wading, or engaging in activities on Zoo ponds or any other bodies of water on grounds.
  • Cutting, picking, damaging or disturbing any tree, shrub, flower, planting, or flower bed.
  • Making a fire in any area or facility.
  • Using any portion of any facility for toilet or sanitary purposes except the public restrooms provided.
  • Digging, burying, erecting, building, uncovering, placing, or removing any object or excavation of any kind.
  • Vandalizing, marking, or carving graffiti on any tree, shrub, planting, or other physical property of the Zoo.
  • Storing any materials or equipment of any kind without the approval of the Zoo.
  • Parking in unmarked areas or blocking driveways in the parking lot; vehicles will be towed at owners’ expense.
  • Use any sound amplifying equipment or noisemaking device on Zoo property is prohibited unless authorized as part of a Zoo-approved event.

If the behavior of guest or guests around you becomes disruptive or violates the Zoo Rules and Code of Conduct, the incident should be reported to the nearest employee or security person. 

The Zoo has recycle bins located throughout the venue and actively recycles plastic, aluminum, and glass products. We thank you in advance for helping keep our venue clean and free of debris.

Limit the items you bring on grounds to those you will need for your visit.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to consume during their visit*; however, any glass containers or bottles are prohibited. All persons, bags, parcels, clothing, and other items may be subject to screening/security checks or search at upon entry and also within the grounds at the discretion of Zoo Management. We reserve the right prohibit any bag, parcel, or other item to be brought into the Zoo and to deal with unattended objects in a manner we consider appropriate.

*Except at nighttime ticketed events that specify otherwise.

Some outside objects are prohibited on Zoo grounds because they are restricted by federal or state statute or regulation, and/or because they may pose a threat to our animals and/or guests and staff. For safety reasons, guests are refused entry if they are in possession of prohibited items. Illegal items will be confiscated and turned over to the police. If a guest is found inside the Zoo with a prohibited item, the item will be confiscated, and the guest may be ejected from the facility.

The following items are not permitted on Zoo grounds:

  • Recreational devices such as drones, remote control toys, flying discs, balls (balloons, beach balls, etc.), kites, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, inline skates, bicycles, or shoes with built-in wheels.
  • Animals.
  • Consumption of marijuana or any illegal drug is not permitted on Zoo grounds.
  • Handouts or flyers of any kind. Laser pens/pointers, unless used for meetings contracted through our private events department.
  • Weapons of any kind (i.e., guns, knives, pepper spray, tear gas, handcuffs, stun guns, etc., unless otherwise permitted by these guidelines).
  • Objects that appear to be weapons, including toys.
  • Confetti, piñatas, silly string, glitter, streamers, or any other similar materials that may become airborne.
  • Noisemaking devices (e.g., whistles, air horns, etc.).
  • Any illegal substances or other items that the Zoo determines, at its sole discretion, may be harmful or disruptive to guests, staff, or animals.
  • This list is subject to change at any time by management.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Guests can expect to spend a substantial amount of time standing and walking outdoors.

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Refrain from wearing clothing or accessories that  contain profanity or that convey membership or affiliation with street gangs or other similarly oriented group or association prone to violence, criminal acts, or hate- and racially biased-based beliefs. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other guests. Specific costume guidelines for special events such as Boo at the L.A. Zoo are provided on the Zoo website.

No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.

No alcohol may be brought into the Zoo. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased by persons 21 years of age or older with legal identification. Sales terminate at any time at the sole discretion of Zoo management. Guests who consume alcoholic beverages must do so in a responsible manner. The Zoo reserves the right to deny entrance to or to eject anyone who appears to be intoxicated.

Smoking is not permitted in the Zoo. Restrict smoking to designated spaces outside of the Zoo (i.e., Zoo parking lot only).

By state law and for the comfort of all guests and animals, smoking of any kind (including e-cigarettes or other products that produce vapor or smoke) is not allowed. Guests may leave the Zoo to smoke; however, re-entry will be permitted only if exiting guests obtain hand stamps provided at the exit.

Leave pets at home.

Dogs (except for service dogs as described below) or other animals of any kind (including emotional support or service animals, see Section 5 for exceptions) are prohibited on grounds. Please note, it is illegal to leave a pet unattended in a motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of the animal under California Penal Code Section 597.7 PC.

Service animals are allowed on Zoo grounds with the exceptions indicated on the List of Restricted Access Areas for Visitors with Service Animals.

Check in at the Guest Services window to review specific requirements regarding your service animal and to register your service animal if qualified under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA defines a service animal as any dog, such as a guide dog or signal dog, that is individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability). Under certain circumstances, we reserve the right to prevent a service dog from entering the Zoo, to limit the locations within the Zoo where the service dog may accompany a guest, or to require that a service dog be removed (although the guest may remain without the dog). Other dogs or animals providing emotional support are not permitted. Service dogs must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered at all times. A Guest whose service dog poses a threat to the safety of other guests and employees, or whose dog is not housebroken, may be asked to escort the dog off the premises. If you have questions, please contact the Zoo prior to your visit.

Remain on public pathways at all times. Never cross barriers, climb fencing, or attempt to enter exhibits, planters, or landscaping.

Sticking arms/fingers through fences or other barriers, climbing on or over exhibit handrails or fencing (including holding children in such a manner), or entering planters or landscaping—including for the purpose of taking photos–is absolutely prohibited and may result in expulsion from the Zoo.

Let us know if you have concerns about being included in Zoo photography/videography.

By visiting the Zoo, you acknowledge and consent to our photographing, filming, videotaping, recording, or otherwise reproducing your image and/or voice (or that of any minor for whom you serve as legal guardian) and using the same for any purpose, without payment.

Take pictures and video for personal use in public areas using natural light and in a way that does not interrupt the Zoo experience for other guests or cause alarm or injury to our animals. Commercial photography and commercial use of photographs or video taken by you during your visit are prohibited without prior written consent of the Los Angeles Zoo. Contact (323) 644-4200 for more information.

The Los Angeles Zoo may from time to time, without prior notice and without refund, liability or compensation, change the operating hours of the Zoo or attractions, close the Zoo or any part of it temporarily, restrict the number of persons having access to the Zoo, and/or suspend or cancel any attraction or entertainment program, if we consider that the circumstances so require. Not every animal listed when you visit the Zoo may be able to be seen, and their locations are subject to change. The Zoo does not issue rain checks or refunds.

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