Los Angeles Zoo front entrance

At the Zoo

Not only does the L.A. Zoo collaborate with other accredited institutions to ensure that animal populations in human care are healthy and sustainable, but the expertise that’s cultivated and maintained through the Zoo’s daily care of animals directly benefits wild counterparts. The fact is, zoos like ours are a final barrier to extinction for many species. Away from the threats wild counterparts face, animals in human care offer hope for species survival and eventual repopulation of their native ranges.

Supporting the health and welfare of our animal residents is our top priority. It is ingrained in our mission and carries through our daily operations.

More than 16,000 of the nearly two million documented species on our planet are currently classified as endangered – an all-time high.

The goal of the Zoo’s Research Division is to increase knowledge of animal behavior and improve animal wellbeing.

As one of L.A.’s municipal departments, we support, promote, and participate in City initiatives to reduce negative environmental impact.

Pollinator Project

The Zoo is creating native habitat for songbirds, migratory birds, butterflies, bees, bats, and other pollinator species that are crucial to our planet.

The Zoo’s Teen Council for Conservation aims at empowering teenagers in Los Angeles to support, envision, and lead conservation solutions.