P-22 | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Story of P-22

L.A.'s Most Famous Feline


In the hills of Griffith Park, a mountain lion roams. His name is P-22.

Born in the western Santa Monica Mountains, P-22 crossed both the 405 and 101 freeways, eventually reaching Griffith Park. He lives alone in this small territory by the Hollywood sign, surrounded and confined by the city of L.A. P-22 was first spotted by now NHMLA Community Science Coordinator Miguel Ordeñana in 2012 as part of the Griffith Park Connectivity Study, a joint effort of Cooper Ecological and the U.S. Geological Survey. 


A new 500-square-foot installation on the Ground Level of the Museum (across from the Nature Lab) follows his extraordinary story and the challenges he faces. Visitors will see a large map where the cat lives, hear a soundscape of his habitat, and watch camera trap footage gathered by NHMLA’s scientists. Check out how this charismatic cat made L.A. his home.

Guests can get a sense of what it's like to cross a major freeway just like P-22 did... twice.
Learn about P-22 and his feline relatives in Southern California.