GRIFFITH PARK, INCLUDING LA ZOO
Griffith Park has been described as the crown jewel of urban parks. Not only is it home to myriad amenities, such as museums and a world-class zoo, but it is also an oasis for wildlife. With over 4,210 acres of both natural chaparral-covered terrain and landscaped parkland and picnic areas, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States. The Los Angeles Zoo, located in Griffith Park, also houses one of the most diverse botanical gardens found anywhere. In addition, Griffith Park is home to the successful California condor breeding program. Situated in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain range adjacent to the Los Angeles River, the Park's elevations range from 384 to 1,625 feet above see level. With an arid climate, the Park's plant communities vary from coastal sage scrub, oak and walnut woodlands to riparian vegetation with trees in the Park's deep canyons.
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