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LA Zoo sees 5th admission hike in 5 years

The entrance to the Los Angeles Zoo is seen in this file photo from Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

July 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Get ready to pay more to visit the Los Angeles Zoo. The Los Angeles City Council has approved an increase in admission for adults, children and seniors.

This is the fifth price hike in five years. It is expected to generate $780,000 in revenue.

The new fees, which will take effect in 30 days, would increase a general admission ticket from $14 to $17 for adults. For children between the ages of 2 and 12, the fees go from $11 to $12, while for seniors it goes from $13 to $14.

The price increase comes as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council are considering turning day-to-day operation of the zoo over to a private operator. Officials say the city cannot afford rising personnel and other costs at the zoo.

The council also approved a $5 across-the-board increase in parking fines, which aims to raise about $10 million to help close a $238-million budget deficit for the current fiscal year.

A ticket for an expired meter will go up to $63. Street sweeping tickets will cost $73, and a ticket for parking in a red zone will rise to $93. Fines related to handicap parking will rise by $10 to $363.

City News Service contributed to this report.