L.A. Zoo to Celebrate 50 Years Monday With Half-Price Admission, Birthday Treats for Animals and Guests

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Sumatran tiger cubs, joined by their mother, make their official public debut at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2011. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Los Angeles Zoo on Monday will offer half-price admission, birthday treats for humans and animals, and the chance to walk alongside goats and sheep.

The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include live music, cake for the first 1,000 visitors and “enrichment birthday cake-style treats” for the zoo’s animals, including black bears, tigers and gorillas.

When the facility opened to the public Nov. 28, 1966, more than 3,000 animals were on display. Admission cost $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

The Times’ editorial board wrote on opening day that Los Angeles could finally “rid itself of the unenviable distinction of being the only major city in the world without a major zoo.”

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