A Trip to the L.A. Old Zoo

September 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

If you want to see something really cool and different or if you love urban exploring you have to check out the L.A. Old Zoo located in Griffith Park. The best thing about it is you can actually roam through the old cages which were built in the 1930s to see how bears, big cats, monkeys and other animals once lived. This site isn't the size of a typical city zoo, it's actually small and only takes a few minutes to see everything but if you want you can take your time and go in and out of each cage to see life from a zoo animals perspective. Most of them are covered with graffiti which gives it a gritty feel to it and be prepared to bend and stoop in order to get in some of the cages on the backside of the path because they are really small and tight to get into and look out for cut out holes in the fence to enter inside. If you're looking for something to do that's a little off the beaten path it's definitely worth checking out at least once. There has also been tv shows filmed here and the day I went someone was having a photo shoot in one of the cages.
If you have to catch bus the 96 that goes through Chinatown and Silver Lake will get you there and it's about a five minute walk. The name of the bus stop is called "Park Ranger Office" or you can ask the bus driver however before you leave check the schedule because the last bus leaves from the regular zoo that's further up at a little after 6pm and the walk out of Griffith Park is quite far. Once you get off walk towards the right pass the carousel, bathrooms, and parking lot and follow the path by the picnic tables up to the cages. They also have Shakespeare In the Park which is in the grassy area directly in front of the old zoo, so if you go on a day they have the event you'll see signs or you can ask someone to point you in the direction of it because there were a lot of people having parties and cookouts in the park. It wasn't deserted or anything actually there were a lot of people in the park so you won't feel isolated if you go by yourself especially on the weekend. I didn't spend as much time as I wanted to there so I'll eventually go back to get more shots. As always travel more, explore more, photograph more. -N.

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