Exploring the Old Abandoned Los Angeles Zoo
The old abandoned LA Zoo in Griffith Park was a major attraction in Los Angeles from 1912-1966. Despite many attempts to keep the zoo going it was abandoned for a larger more accommodating zoo just a few miles from this location. I explore the empty cages and graffiti lined caverns in what’s left of this iconic piece of LA history.
According to Atlas Obscura, “The site of the first Los Angeles Zoo, it opened in 1912 with 15 animals. Many of the enclosures were built in the 1930s by Works Progress Administration crews and were made in the iron bars/pacing animal-style that was standard for zoos of that era. The zoo was abandoned in 1966 when the current LA Zoo opened.”