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Old Zoo picnic Area

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From 1912 to 1965, the Los Angeles Zoo was located in a small canyon in Griffith Park, near the Marry-Go-Round and about two miles south of its current location. Today, the former grounds of the zoo are a picnic area. Many of the enclosures and constructions which were built in the 1930s by County Relief workers and Works Progress Administration (WPA) crews still exist and serve as a background for this quiet and isolated picnic area.

The picnic area is just a little hard to find, and well it should be to preserve this historic site. From Crystal Springs Drive/Griffith Park Drive, turn west at Griffith Park Drive (this is not a typo, heading north, the name Griffith Park Drive makes a hard left as the pavement continues straight and changes name to Crystal Springs Drive. If going south, watch for the Griffith Park Drive sign and turn right). Watch closely for the sign a few hundred feet after the turn. The parking area is on the left. The picnic area is not clearly marked and as often as I've visited, I still have trouble finding it.
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Entry
This walk leads to the Old Zoo. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Meadow
Meadow. Photo Date: 9-25-04.

Map.

Bear Cage
Bear cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Bear Cage
Bear cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Bear Cage
Bear cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Bear Cage
Bear cage. Photo Date: .
Bear Cage
Bear cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes support building. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes support building. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Behind the Scenes Enclosure
Behind the scenes enclosure. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Road
This road leads out of the area. Photo Date: 9-25-04.

Meadow
Meadow. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Old Cages
Old cages. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Old Cage
Old cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Old Cage
Old cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Old Cage
Old cages. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Old Cages
Old cage. Photo Date: 9-25-04.
Lower Meadow
Lower meadow. Photo Date: 9-25-04.

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