Check out exotic animals from around the world, learn about native creatures that inhabit our local habitats, or cuddle and feed barnyard animals at these kid favorite petting farms, zoos & aquariums near the greater Los Angeles area. Use our interactive map to make it easy to find these fun animal encounter experiences near you!

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