Walter Mencken 11:31 a.m., Feb. 1
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Not the San Diego Zoo
I got out of downtown today and somehow ended up at the old Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. It is a fascinating place. The enclosures were built by the WPA in the 1930s and housed bears, lions, elephants, etc. They were abandoned when the new zoo was built a couple of miles away from this site. The enclosures have been left mostly intact and it is possible to hang out where the bears slept and see the door mechanisms by which keepers directed them from sleeping quarters to display areas.
The thing I like about this shot is that without external reference, it is hard to tell how large this area is. It looks almost like some abandoned castle when, in fact, these doors are only about three feet high. I took my pictures using the natural light that came in through skylights and doors.
Life as a bear in the zoo cannot have been too happy. You can see they spent the many boring hours locked up by painting the walls with graffiti!