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Los Angeles, CA

Obscura Society LA: Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Discover the history of the animals and trainers who called this famed abandon zoo home

Join writer and field agent Hadley Meares as we explore the wonders of the abandoned zoo at Griffith Park.

From 1912 to 1966, this site under Bee Rock served as the city zoo of Los Angeles. At its peak, the zoo contained thousands of animals and hosted tens of thousands of visitors each year. Today, it is a fascinating ruin, complete with cages, "natural" habitats, secret stairways and paths.  We will recount tales of individual animals, such as the murderous polar bear Ivan the Terrible and Topsy the camel with two broken humps. We will also discuss the zoos troubling history, and chart the different phases of the zoo's development. This fascinating history will be discussed as we hike around the site and visit the enclosures so many lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) lived in many moons ago. 

Notes for this adventure:

- This is a hiking tour. Dress accordingly.

- This event is weather dependent. If we are expecting significant rain on this date, we will cancel the event. Tickets will be refunded or transferred to a rescheduled date, depending on your availability.

- Water and sun protective wear are encouraged!

- An email will be sent with the exact meet-up location, ample free parking will be available.

Questions? Email Field Agent Hadley Meares: hadley@atlasobscura.com

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