This is a scene from the Los Angeles Zoo. Not the one that currently houses animals, but the old one that was open from 1912 through 1965. According to the sign, this and the other structures were built by the WPA in the 1930s. They're pretty pitiful by today's standards - lots of metal bars and concrete. Many of the cages seem shockingly small, but then again, I have no idea what animals were living in any particular enclosure. In general, though, they're definitely smaller than any zoo I've been to. It's a fascinating place to explore, and makes you really appreciate modern facilities.
This particular photo was taken in one of the larger exhibits, which I assume held big cats or bears. These stairs led up from the public view, up to where the animals presumably slept at night and got fed.
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