Unfamiliar Land

Old LA Zoo

Los Angeles, CA


A hidden secret in Griffith Park is the old LA Zoo. The zoo opened in 1912 with only fifteen animals, but continued to grow over the next few decades. Many of the new animals were donated by local movie studios after they were no longer needed. At its peak, lions, bears, monkeys and more shared cramped cages that were inadequate for both the number of animals as well as visitors. The abandoned enclosures were left empty when the zoo closed in 1966. Today it’s more a home for graffiti artists and low-budget TV shoots than it is for animals.

# Posted on August 6, 2018 by Marc Charbonneau.