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Is the LA Zoo Worth Going To?
For those who love animals, I feel like we go through this roller coaster when it comes to zoos. We initially go because we love animals and want to see them. Then, when we’re actually there, we immediately become sad because the creatures we love are caged up.
In nearly a decade of living in Los Angeles, I had yet to go the zoo here, so I decided now that the LA Zoo is open, it was the perfect time to finally check it out. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you have to purchase LA Zoo tickets and book an entry time slot ahead of time.
When we arrived around 11:30am, the line to get in was pretty minimal and it only took a few minutes to get inside. It was a gloomy day, but not nearly as gloomy as the venue seemed. The Los Angeles Zoo felt small, and honestly, kind of depressing. We also noticed that multiple animals were missing from exhibits, but I also take into consideration it may have been related to the pandemic. Still, I found the overall experience lacking.
LA Zoo Pros:
1. Affordable tickets
2. Free parking
3. Minimal crowds (*Covid consideration)
LA Zoo Cons:
1. Smaller selection of wildlife
2. Some exhibits closed (*Covid consideration)
Is is worth it?
I wanted to love the zoo in the city I live in, but the truth is that I’d recommend making the trek down to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park instead. It is likely that Covid affected many of the zoo's exhibits, so I also take this into consideration and suggest postponing an LA Zoo visit until the pandemic is fully over.
Of course, the biggest takeaway is to remember how important it is to be kind to our planet and all animals. Some zoos (including San Diego) are doing some important conservation work, which should be acknowledged, and we should also hold zoos around the world accountable when it comes to the humane treatment of animals.
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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and comedian who has been featured on Amazon, truTV, The New York Times, Matador Network, BUST Magazine, Sleep Advisor, Tiplr, ARTRPRNR Magazine, YourTango, Thought Catalog, GoMad Nomad, Mashable, The Daily Mail UK, the Cannes Film Festival, LaughFest, Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and the Funny Women Festival LA. For more info visit: http://www.jillzwarensteyn.weebly.com