January 25, 2013

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Garden

What a great way to start the New Year!  On the first day of 2013, my family and I went to the Los Angeles Zoo.  We love this zoo!  The park is open daily from 10am - 5pm, and for me, it is just the right amount of time to spend an afternoon at the zoo and really enjoying myself with my family. 

We have been to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park San Diego so many times and we love it there.  Both parks are so huge that even if we try to see most of the shows and exhibits in both parks, we still miss probably about 1/3 of both parks.  But, at the Los Angeles Zoo, we were able to see all the exhibits and shows and still have time to go to a couple of other places while in L.A.

We love going to the zoo! It's very educational and rewarding to learn about the animals and it's environment.  My kids like to see different kinds of animals.  My son loves to walk around the zoo and see some of his favorite animals, from the elephants, to the giraffes, the monkey and to the zebras.

The L.A. Zoo has a new exhibit called LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles).  It houses probably over 60 species from around the world.  There are six exhibit areas in the LAIR that houses unique and endangered amphibian, invertebrate and reptilian species.  We saw the Fiji Island iguana, California king snake, desert hairy scorpion, and poison dart frog to name a few. 

L.A. Zoo is also a Botanical Garden.  There are a lot of beautiful plants and shady trees everywhere in the zoo.  The gardens are full and lush, it makes a great shade and keeps those paths along the way cooler, even during the summer time. 

The way the park is designed, it's so easy to walk around and see the animals up close.  We were so lucky during our visit because almost all the animals were out and about.  We were able to see them upclose.  The park is also well maintained and well staffed with people willing to answer questions. 
We will definetely come back to visit the LA Zoo again and again. 

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