Member Events & Tours
Elevate your visit to the Zoo with a member tour. These specially designed small group docent led tours offer you a unique look at the Zoo. Some of the tours even begin before the Zoo opens! These special experiences are fantastic for animal enthusiasts, children and adults. We hope to welcome you soon.
- Zoo tours and walks are free to GLAZA members at all levels. Reservations are required and space is limited.
- You will need to verify your membership by providing your member number and the last name of the primary member on your membership card.
- If you have problems making a reservation please email [email protected] for assistance.
Docent-Led Member Tours & Walks
Member Tour: Water World
Saturday, March 18, 10:30–11:30 A.M.
Welcome to Water World! Some animals spend their entire lives under water, while others almost never see (or drink) water at all. From breathing through gills to breathing through skin to always having one hemisphere of their brain “awake” so they remember to breathe—aquatic animals have evolved some amazing adaptations! How many species are born with natural snorkels? How do alligators and fish sense changes and movement in water? What bugs carry a bubble of air on their rump? And which cats love to swim? Come take a walk with other members as we reveal these answers and so much more.
Member Tour: Endangered Animals and Conservation: Bring Them Back from the Brink
Sunday, April 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Which species of pig is the world’s most endangered, and why do the males have manes even Elvis would envy? Why is the peninsular pronghorn (a.k.a. berrendo) Critically Endangered while other pronghorns thrive? How is the L.A. Zoo aiding pronghorn survival? Why are all species of great apes, save one, endangered, and how can the thriving one save the rest? Come join a walking tour that sheds light on some of the earth’s rarest creatures on Sunday, April 16!
Member Garden Walk: California Native Plants
Sunday, May 7, 9–11 a.m.
Can you name three California native plants? Hint: many native plants include “California” in their name. Stroll the Zoo grounds as we envision California 250 years ago. How were the plants used by local animals and California tribes? What adaptations do these plants have to survive long, hot, dry summers and wildfires? Explore how and why our landscape changed. Be a tourist in your own city and explore with us at the L.A. Zoo.
Member Early Morning Wild Bird Walk: World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 13, 8-10 a.m.
The second Saturday in May is World Migratory Bird Day. Come celebrate the incredible journey some birds make flying up to thousands of miles to their breeding areas in the spring. On this early-morning, docent-led bird walk, you’ll identify some of the birds that migrate through our region in the spring, as well as some of our regular neighbors. All birds seen will be uploaded to eBird, an online database providing ornithologists and other scientists and researchers real-time data of bird distribution and abundance, making this walk a citizen science conservation project.
Member Tour: Motherhood and Good Parenting, Animal Style
Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), 10:30–11:30 a.m.
What feathered parents sacrifice almost everything for their young, including their rosy hue? What reptilian mother provides exceptional nest-to-water shuttle service, and how? Which non-human great ape has the longest childhood, and why? Which birds fake injuries to distract predators from their nests? Come spend Mother’s Day with some of the greatest parents in the animal kingdom on Sunday, May 14!