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Los Angeles, California

Abandoned Zoo Ruins

Join writer Hadley Meares as we discover the history of the animals and trainers who called this famed abandon zoo home.

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 zoo's 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.

Water and sun protective wear are encouraged!

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

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