Official Blog of the L.A. Zoo

Learn about exciting Zoo developments, including animal updates, events, expert perspectives, and field reports on our conservation initiatives at the Zoo and around the world.

UPDATE: Betty & Angela & Lulingu

It’s January, and we’re celebrating two of our favorite friends. Cherished longtime Zoo champion, trustee, and donor Betty White’s birthday is January 17, and our feisty western lowland gorilla, Angela, is turning four years old on January 18! Betty’s story and Angela’s have been woven together since our beloved Betty passed away in December of 2021. Now it’s time to remember and celebrate with Angela & Lulingu, a picture book created with funds donated in Betty’s honor.

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Just Browsing

Did you know plants in the Zoo, around Griffith Park, and throughout many cities in Los Angeles County help feed your favorite animals at the Zoo? Cut branches with leaves, soft shoots, flowers, and fruit called are “browse” and are among the fresh food enjoyed by many species who call the Zoo home. Cutting, transporting, and managing browse is part of animal keepers’ jobs, and each animal in their care has special requirements and favorite browse.

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Juvenile rhino Marshall chomps on a thin branch.

Zoo Successfully Implements Avian Flu Vaccines in CA Condors

We’ve reached another conservation milestone for California condors. This summer and fall, birds from the L.A. Zoo participated in successful, historic vaccine trials, furthering condor recovery efforts by creating a potential shield against highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The trial was developed in coordination with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA, and U.S. Geological Service and was carried out by the L.A. Zoo, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Oregon Zoo, and Carolina Raptor Center.

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California condor