By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting Saturday, visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo will now have to buy their tickets online and in advance before visiting.

(credit: Jamie Pham/LA Zoo)

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Advance online reservations will be required of all members and general admission visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo, effective Saturday. The reserved, timed-entry tickets will be sent to the email address provided at sale, and will be scanned from a mobile device or printout at the entrance.

Walk-up ticket sales are not recommended or guaranteed.

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The ongoing pandemic has forced some big changes at the zoo. Face coverings for all people 2 and older remain a requirement in all indoor and enclosed public settings, and all guests 12 and older are required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of their visit. Adults 18 and older will also be required to show a matching photo ID.

The zoo has also been forced to keep some attractions closed due to recent research that all mammals are considered vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. Experiences allowing visitors to get up close with the animals – such as Muriel’s Ranch contact yard, giraffe feedings, the flamingo mingle, and the California Condor Rescue Zone – will be closed until further notice.

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To purchase general admission tickets, visit lazoo.org.