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Los Angeles, California: Old LA Zoo Ruins - Anchorman Filmed Here

Old cages and buildings have been used in Hollywood location shoots, including Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Griffith Park

Griffith Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA
At the back of Old Zoo Park, in Griffith Park, west of Griffith Park Dr, just a little north of the carousel.
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Animal pit.

Old LA Zoo Ruins - Anchorman Filmed Here

Everything in the park is totally free. The zoo was fun and creepy, with tons of little nooks and crannies to explore. This zoo closed in the 1960s and it was bizarre to see all of the animal enclosures and small cages left intact. Parking lot is just past the old carousel.

[Nick Edwards, 07/08/2016]

Old LA Zoo.

Old LA Zoo Ruins - Anchorman Filmed Here

Old LA Zoo.

[Mickey, 08/09/2015]

The park trails contain remnants of cages, fake caves and structures that were part of the old Griffith Park Zoo, which opened in 1912. It closed in 1966 when the LA Zoo opened elsewhere.

Old LA Zoo.

Old LA Zoo Ruins - Anchorman Filmed Here

This is a great place to grab a blanket and food and have a picnic. There are very few people roaming the grounds, which provides an opportunity to enjoy the weather and the site in your own time.

Very much like an old "ghost town" for a zoo. Highly recommend. A great stop away from the mass crowds of Hollywood.

[Sara Howe, 06/27/2010]

Old cages.

Old LA Zoo Ruins

Ruins of the old Griffith Park Zoo. Many of the surviving structures were built in the 1930s before being abandoned when the zoo moved to a new location in the 60s.

This one is not visible from the old zoo picnic area. Actually, according to the sign at the Griffith Park visitors center, the zoo used to encompass parts of what is now the picnic area. Their picture shows some animal pens there.

These cages are actually behind an old zoo building, in what appears to have been the behind-the-scenes area.

[ADalton, 05/28/2009]

Was used as a location for the zoo bear pit scenes in the movie Anchorman.

Old cages.

Abandoned Zoo Monkey Habitat

In the hills of Griffith Park, there is an old abandoned monkey habitat and various cages. The habitats have been transformed into little picnic areas with bbq's and benches. If you hike further up behind the habitats, there are some creepy old cages that are open and even a monkey house (but it's pretty dirty and seedy -- might want to keep the kids away from it). There's a plaque on the outside of one of the cages that explains it's part of the old Los Angeles Zoo.

[Pamela, 02/23/2006]

May 2009 - Photo added.

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