Saturday, April 20, 2013

The old Los Angeles Zoo

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This was our view as we hiked up the road to the old Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo "remains" are to be found just a few miles from the current LA Zoo.

IMG_2015 as Smart Object-1Established in 1912, the old LA zoo is less than an hour away from Downey (even with traffic). It is odd that when they moved the zoo to the "new" location, the former zoo was not torn down. Instead, it was left intact and converted to a picnic location. You can wander past open cages (some in remarkably good shape) and find ways to get through fencing to get into the larger enclosures.

I know we've learned a lot since the early 1900s about animal care, but it's hard to imagine the list of animals that lived here in the relatively small cages and enclosures we wandered through.

It is an interesting adventure, close to home. You should check it out.

"Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo."
~ Paul Simon

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  1. Is the old zoo located in Griffths Park, I remember going there in the late 50's and 60's. There was also a travel town and pony rides in the park or right next to it.

  2. Yes, it is in Griffith Park. I had no idea before just recently discovering it.


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