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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.

Zoo Update from Director and CEO Denise M. Verret – December 2022

The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. It reminds me of another year gone by and of the opportunity for reflection, as we look back at our progress and impact and renew our spirits for a brand-new year to come—a new year that will bring with it opportunities for continued growth and lasting connections.

Zoo Update from GLAZA president Tom Jacobson – November 2022

We are thrilled that L.A. Zoo Lights is returning beginning November 18, 2022, as L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow. “L.A.’s brightest winter tradition” will be all new in 2022—reimagined as a spectacular wonderland of glowing lanterns depicting animals and plants, a celebration of light and nature all of us can enjoy together. Here’s why that’s so special.

Keepers Reunite with Orangutan

In August, orangutan keepers Kathryn Vivian and Stania Olivera and senior keeper of apes Megan Fox attended the 15th annual Orangutan Species Survival Plan (OSSP) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their trip was filled with ideas for training, enrichment, and problem solving, but it also held a special reunion with a beloved orangutan friend—and her new baby.

Zoo Update from GLAZA President Tom Jacobson – September 2022

In every season, we remain so grateful to GLAZA members and volunteers for your passionate support of the Zoo’s mission to save species from extinction. Recently, a powerful outpouring of love for your L.A. Zoo made a huge difference for us in our journey toward transforming the Zoo for future guests.

Keeper Interview: Behind the Scenes of a Koala Introduction

Last month, our resident koalas, female Maya and male Burra, took the next step toward fulfilling their biological destinies when the two were introduced to live together as partners in the koala habitat. From the bellowing to the branch shaking to the sloth-like inverted tree hang, find out directly from Senior Animal Keeper Kevin Gorowski how everything went down. Hi, Kevin! What can you tell us about Burra and Maya? How do they behave that …

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