Let's go to the LA Zoo

  • March 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM

The day of the LA Zoo meetup is MARCH 23rd, 2013. The address is 5333 Zoo Drive, LA  90027. I will meet you at the entrance between the admission booths and GLAZA (Greater Los Angeles Zoo Admission - membership). Most likely I will be sitting on a bench and will definitely have a meetup sign to avoid confusion. This is Palm Sunday, so hopefully there may not be the crowds that there will be on the 30th - Easter.

Here is the website in case you want to check out details of the Zoo -      http://www.lazoo.org/visit/. Please check with metro.net for specific information on how to get there, since I do not know where everyone lives. In any case, here is the website for driving & metro directions  http://www.lazoo.org/visit/directions/

Here also, is the site for a LA Zoo map http://www.lazoo.org/visit/zoomap/

My cp is[masked], in case anyone needs to contact me. Or, you can email me at [masked] with your cp # or any questions.

Ticket prices for admission are $17 for General admission (ages 13-61) and $14 (62+). The Zoo hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The LA Zoo also has

Group Discounts

If you'll be attending the Zoo with a party of 15 or more people, you can purchase group-rate tickets at the prices listed below.

You may purchase tickets at the gate on the day of your visit, download and return this pdf, or call (323) 644-4210.

  • Adults: $14 per person ($3 off regular admission)

I do not believe there will be any children coming to this meet, so I have not listed that information.

I'll see all who can attend this first meet I planned on MARCH 23, 2013 at 10:00 am at the LA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS entrance. We will wait there for a half hour. After that call my (Michelle's) cell phone - listed above - for where we will be in the ZOO.

Thanks. Now, I'm a bit nervous that I did everything correctly. I hope so, as I don't intend to make anyone mad for lack of or mis-information.

~Michelle~

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  • Carolyn

    I had such a great time at the zoo yesterday. It was fun meeting everyone and Michelle, thank you so much for organizing it. It was a nice first meetup for me. I hope to see all of you again soon.

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Carolyn, I'm so sorry I didn't get you in any of the photos. So, I hope to see you at another meetup and will take your photo. It was great to meet you.

      March 29, 2013

  • Madeline

    Michelle! Thank you for your kind comments but I must tell you that I am very impressed with your knowledge of the animals..!!

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Madeline. Animals have been an interest of mine for a long time, so I'm addicted to learning about them anyway I can.

      March 29, 2013

  • Tom L

    Michelle, Thanks for hosting. I had fun, took some good shots, and enjoyed the other photographers.

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Michelle

      You're welcome Tom. Hope to see you at another meetup.

      March 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'll be uploading my photos in the next few days. I worked on revising the better ones & deleting the photos that didn't turn out well.

    March 24, 2013

  • Madeline

    Michelle! You're a sweetheart for putting this together! Had fun with the group and even though it seemed like most of the critters were hiding or avoiding us (?!!) I was able to get some decent shots. Thanks again and looking forward to doing it again soon!

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Madeline, I was so happy to meet you. And, it's funny, but a couple of others from this group went and got face or unsleepy shots of the critters. It was so strange that the animals just faced the other way when we tried to take photos. Yes, we will do this another time. Thank you for your great shots of the animals.

      March 24, 2013

  • javier M.

    Had a fun time at the zoo. I tuckered out early I think because from my hiking yesterday. It's been many years since I've been to the zoo.

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      I'm so glad you came and joined with all of us for a great day Javier. It was nice meeting you and I hope to see you at future meetups.

      March 24, 2013

  • James

    Thanks for setting this up Michelle, Took me a little time but I found you guys and had a wonderful time. Look forward to the next time.

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      You're welcome James. I'm so glad you did find us. Looking forward to seeing you at other meetups.

      March 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Thanks Michelle ,, Nice job,, And thank you to everyone who went to this one,, when you have time please rate the group... Meetup likes to know how we are doing and we also need your feedback ..

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Michelle

    I want to thank everyone who came - Leigh, Carolyn, Rocky, James, Javier, & Madeline. We had an absolutely fantastic time. The weather was perfect and we got so many excellent shots.

    March 24, 2013

  • alex r.

    Hey guys just wanted to say that I recently went to the zoo and hard a hard time finding great photos. I brought a[masked] and it still wasn't long enough. Also I couldn't find any animals. They were all hi ding/sleeping. So just make sure to bring a super long lens. I might bring a 300.

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • Rocky V.

      Hey Brewster if you have FZ200 that zooms longer than your 55-250. if you want to bring both then bring it all. see you tomorrow my friend.

      March 22, 2013

    • Rocky V.

      Brewster I was looking for you but i guess you did not make it. Well I'll see on the next meet up.

      March 23, 2013

  • Rocky V.

    we had a wonderful time, the subject animals were not as cooperative as we would like it to be, but the company we were with was just great. Met some new wonderful people, Tom, Leigh, Carolyn, James and Javier nice meeting you guys and my dear Madeline great seeing you again. I really had a great time thank you all!!!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Leigh

    Michelle, I had a lovely time. What a nice group of people. I'm so sorry I couldn't stay and left so suddenly, but an emergency came up at home. I hope to join you all soon on another adventure.

    March 23, 2013

  • Chad

    Michelle, thanks for organizing this event, but unfortunately it looks like I won't be able to make it. Just too many things to finish this weekend. ;o( I'll be looking forward to seeing everyone's photos. See you all next time!

    March 23, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Working this weekend. Sorry to miss!

    March 22, 2013

  • J. P.

    I am sorry, I can not make my first meet up with you guys..having issues at work I have to be there...

    March 22, 2013

  • LarryM

    An opportunity came up to help with a photo workshop, so I'll have to miss this one. Have a great time everyone!

    March 19, 2013

    • Michelle

      Have a great time t the photo workshop Larry. Hope to see you at another meetup. I'll tell the animals you said hello. ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      March 20, 2013

    • LarryM

      Thanks Michelle. Have a great time and thanks for donating your time and efforts to organizing.

      March 20, 2013

  • Brewster

    Was invited for quicenera

    March 20, 2013

  • Andre W.

    Got scheduled to shoot an event. Can't make it afterall

    March 15, 2013

  • Stephaine

    Sorry have the opportunity to go to the Wildlife Center. Next time.

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Michelle

      No problem Stephaine. One of my fb friends went there and posted photos from her visit. Looks like a great place for those who love animals. Have a great time.

      March 8, 2013

  • LarryM

    Found these links on the zoo's website:
    http://www.lazoo.org/visit/phototips/
    http://www.lazoo.org/visit/phototips/advanced.html
    The zoo opens at 10am. Perhaps it would make some sense to meet a bit early so that we can enter as soon as the gates open?

    2 · March 5, 2013

    • LarryM

      Let's see how things shake out closer to the date, Michelle. I'd be happy to help out coordinating if it's best to split up the group. I come from the east (Monrovia) but if no one in the group coming from your direction is willing to give you a ride, then I'll be happy to. You are doing all the work as the organizer, you should at least get a lift.

      1 · March 6, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Larrry. Yes, we can wait until it's closer to the date of the meetup. This is my first time hosting one. ;-) I'm usually okay getting to the Zoo. ~Michelle~

      March 6, 2013

  • Suhni C.

    you can also buy your tickets online & print them out

    https://tickets.lazoo.org/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=tkts&C=tkts

    March 6, 2013

  • Winn K

    Sorry to flake out, but I was just asked to judge a photo competition, and my ego say's do it.

    March 4, 2013

    • Michelle

      Winn, that's ok. It's a great honor to be asked to judge something. Have a great time. No ego involved. Life happens. ;-)

      March 5, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm so excited about the great response to this meetup. I know it will be a great day. I can't wait to meet all of you and see those I've met before. I have a request - my memory is a bit bad (as is my hearing), so if you all can wear name tags - since it's a large group - it will really help me to remember your names when we meet. I will not close the meetup for those who want to come to it. This way, if the group is very large, we can always split up into smaller groups and cover different parts of the zoo. Before the meetup, please also let me know which animals you'd like to see - I know the zoo layout fairly well and it will help coordinate which way we go once we get inside. The first animals we'll see are the seals, flamingoes, swans, and (my favorite) meerkats. If you let me know, that way we can make sure everyone sees their favorites. ;-)

    ~Michelle~

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have not gone in years

    March 2, 2013

  • Panit B

    Excellent - thanks for moving this so I don't have to choose!

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank Chris. He's the one that changed it. Not sure where my mind was when I posted the date. ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      February 27, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Looks good Michelle,, nice job .

    February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks. Being a writer, I usually give attention to detail. ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      February 27, 2013

  • Tom L

    Of all the dates you suggested, the 23rd is the best for me.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any date but thee weekend of the 23 as I will be working

    February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Right now I am set to fly to PA for work on the 24th but I am waiting to see if I need to go earlier (the 19th. If not I will make it, otherwise I will cancel here. I totally get that no date will work for everyone. I think it's best to set the date before you post the event then noone can complain, LOL Let's see how my plans go and maybe I will see you there.

      1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Well, Bindy, as Chris says...not everyone will be able to make every meet... I hope you can make the Zoo meet. If not, I'll be planning other meets that you can make. ;-) Just imagine if all 1,476 members of this group showed up to every meet. LOL!
      ~Michelle~

      2 · February 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Michelle,, there will always be someone who is mad about something ,, you cant please everyone and some cant be pleased at all no matter what you do... if there are ever any problems refer them to me and I will fix it ,, No day is going to work for eveyone,, most people underastand that,,, and we can always do this again,,, We can set another day in the near future for those that couldnt do this one..

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      I realize that Chris. And no matter how carefully an organizer plans an event, any number of things can happen and there will always be someone who will complain. I said that because I felt a bit silly not checking the other event. Oh compulsive me. ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Suhni C.

    i'm in - any date

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      YAY! ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Andre W.

    March 23 is the only day that works for me.

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Good Andre - that's the date of the Zoo meetup.
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Michelle

    The LA Zoo meetup date is 3/16 (the day you have to put your clocks forward 1 hour at night). We'll meet at the entrance to the Zoo at approx 10 am. The reason I say approx is that I travel by bus and they may not always be there exactly at 10. We'll wait at the entrance until around 10:30, then move on. If you want my cellphone number, email at [masked] and I'll send it to you. Getting there in the morning is better, as the animals are more active. I've posted the meetup times for the Zoo at between 10 - 5, although I may not be able to stay that late (due to my disability). I suggest bringing something to eat as the zoo food is quite expensive and not that great. A small bottle of water is $4.25. ~Michelle~

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Suhni C.

      forewarned... i'll packe a lunch - thanx

      February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Please see the change above for the LA Zoo Meetup.
      ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Jill

    March 30 is best.

    February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Jill, evidently there will be large crowds there on Easter. The Zoo meetup is on March 23.

      February 24, 2013

  • Winn K

    preference order 16, 24, 17

    February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      The meetup is March 23.

      February 24, 2013

  • Panit B

    I'd personally prefer 3/23 or 3/24 ILO 3/16 so I don't miss the Festival Of Colors in Norwalk. Is 3/16 a firm date since I doubt I'll have the energy to attend both and would rather not miss the Festival Of Colors since it's only once a year? Also, I believe the DST begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10 NOT 17?

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      No Panit. I'ts been changed to March 23rd. Chris changed it. You're correct about when DST is changed. I think I need new eyes. :)
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      The Zoo meetup is on March 23. Hope this works for you.
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Debbie J.

    as long as its not the same date as the la festival event.

    February 23, 2013

    • Debbie J.

      the festival of colors event is the same date so I'll have to cancel out. sorry~

      February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Jules, the date has been changed to the 23rd. My bad for not checking. Hopefully, you'll be able to attend now.
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • LarryM

    Yes, Daylight Saving Time starts March 10th. And it's a good point that the Festival of Colors will be very attractive to shooters while the zoo is there all the time. Is anyone familiar with the zoo from the standpoint of light and time? If the zoo opens at 10am, then going on March 10th will be like being admitted an hour earlier, light-wise. Just sayin'.

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Larry. Point taken.
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I have changed the date to the 23rd to avoid and event conflict.. ,,, Event Hosts please always check the schedule to avoid posting two events at the same time on the same day if it can be avoided ... thanx

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sorry about that...I will do it next time.
      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Chris F.

    THIS EVENT NEEDs A MEETING LOCATION.. PLEASE ADD ONE SO WE DONT GET COMPLAINTS THAT NO ONE COULD FIND ANYONE..

    1 · February 24, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sorry, Chris. I did post the website, does have the address and all the other information. But, yes, I will post more information. I didn't mean to schedule the event on the same day as another one - my bad.

      ~Michelle~

      February 24, 2013

  • Stephaine

    Don't go on Easter weekend. There will be tons of events for the kiddies. Just got a membership & they sent me a calendar of events. I would prefer a Saturday.

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks Stephaine - like DUH...what was I thinking?

      February 23, 2013

  • alex r.

    Any date for me is good

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Suhni C.

    sounds fun! i'll be taking the bus - thanks!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Jerry

    "Weekdays are less crowded than weekends, and moving around to get the best angle is much easier if you aren't caught in a shoulder-to-shoulder mob."

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Yes, Jerry, I'm well aware that weekdays are much less crowded at the Zoo. The last time I went was on 2/14. If I plan it during the week, then many of the people who have expressed interest in going, will not be able to go. I was also going to suggest Easter, 3/31, which might be less crowded, but I thought that no one would go for that since it's a holiday. I'd prefer to go on a weekday, since it's easier to get there & home on the bus - for those who travel by Metro. What day do you suggest?

      February 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Another thing I did last time I went, was before I started into the Zoo, I planned which animals I wanted to see & photograph, so it made going around the zoo much easier. I've been there quite a number of times and pretty much know the layout of the zoo, well, except for the new exhibits like the Reptile house.

      February 23, 2013

  • Brewster

    count me in.

    1 · February 23, 2013

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