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Zoo Update with GLAZA Interim President Dawn Petersen-Amend – November 2023

A very colorful duck stands in profile on a rock and surveys his pond.
The white-faced whistling duck molts its beautiful, fall-colored feathers once a year, when the bird is literally a sitting duck; it can’t fly until the new feathers are fully grown.

As we enter this season of gratitude, we make a special effort to acknowledge that which makes our lives truly meaningful. For many of us, we’re thankful for the special people in our lives—family, friends, and colleagues—the beauty of our natural world, and the many experiences and memories that we have been fortunate to gather over the years.

As GLAZA prepares to observe our 60th anniversary of supporting and partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo, I feel tremendously grateful for each of you, our members, and your ongoing support of the Zoo and its mission. In November 1963, some 200 prominent Los Angeles community leaders, including Cary Grant, filed the original Articles of Incorporation to create GLAZA in anticipation of creating a new Zoo for the region. Knowing the importance of a strong membership base, the new GLAZA Board of Trustees quickly created the membership program to help support the creation and establishment of the new Los Angeles Zoo.

Over these 60 years, our members have been integral to the success and well-being of the Zoo. In addition to your memberships, many of you also offer your support as donors, trustees, colleagues, docents and/or volunteers, and your gifts of financial support and time play a vital role in furthering the Zoo’s mission. As Jane Goodall stated, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” All of us at GLAZA are grateful for each of you for the important role you play in the life of the Zoo!

November also means the turning back of our clocks, bringing shorter days and darker nights. This is the season when many cultures traditionally celebrate with festivals of light. The Zoo’s celebration of light is L.A.’s wildest holiday tradition! Beginning November 17 and running through January 7, GLAZA will present L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow to bring color, fun, and light to your long winter nights. We will feature a new Winter Wildlands, complete with snowy scenes of mountains, trees, and winter-loving animals. As members, you will receive discounted admission to L.A. Zoo Lights. Be sure to join us for this all-new, spectacular holiday adventure, with dazzling new lantern sculptures highlighting many of our animal friends. We’ll be grateful to see you there!

Woman in a black sweater with a blue shirt
Dawn Petersen-Amend, Interim President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association