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In the early days of Universal City, a large Zoo featured as a major attraction. The zoo housed animals used in Universal pictures and was quite a novelty for the visiting masses. In 1915, it was the largest privately-owned menagerie in the USA.

The zoo was located on the backlot between what is now the Courthouse and Park Lake.

Around 1967, a zoo was introduced into the new theme park. It was a petting zoo that became known as Ark Park, and was the forerunner of the Animal Actors Stage live show.

Photo from the collection of Dennis Dickens


Pinks Hot Dog outlet on the corner of Universal Plaza - September 2013 - Photo by Christian

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