Wild for the Planet

Butterfly on a flower

Weekends, April 1 through 30

Join the celebration of our precious planet and its rich biodiversity, featuring fun and inspiring activities, entertainment, and presentations. For five weekends, we’re focusing on conservation, sustainability, and community.

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Wild for the Planet Weekend Programming

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Wild About Communities

Enjoy nature-inspired entertainment such as musical and dance performances, book readings, and art demonstrations with our community cultural partners. Community engagement and representation are cornerstones of successful conservation. Together, we can save the planet as we celebrate it.

Animal Care

Did you know that accredited zoos like ours are uniquely qualified to lend scientific expertise that’s vital in global efforts to save wildlife? It’s true! Through the daily care of animals, our staff develop knowledge and skills in areas such as animal biology, behavior, nutrition, and genetics that are invaluable to efforts to safeguard species in the wild. Learn more at animal care presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends. Schedule to come soon.

Green Inspiration

Discover what you can do to defend natural resources and promote biodiversity at our Earth Expo, featuring some of your favorite conservation and community organizations. Visit the Planting for Pollinators Station and Upcycling Inspiration Lab for fun, no-waste activities, find out what you can do to protect and support local birds, and more.

Honey Tasting

(10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3 per person) Hosted by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, tastings include samples of five different types of all-natural honey.

California Condors Station

(11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) With expert guidance and gear, pretend you’re a wildlife biologist helping to save critically endangered California condors at the L.A. Zoo.

Gorillas on the Line

As part of Wild for the Planet, we’re raising awareness of our environmentally responsible handheld electronics-recycling partner, ECO-CELL. When you recycle through ECO-CELL at the Zoo, proceeds go to conservation nonprofits like Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE), which works to safeguard the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla. Before your visit, check out our easy donation tip sheet to learn what devices are accepted and how to prep them.

Upper-Level Member Preview 

GLAZA members at the Family Deluxe level and above can experience Wild for the Planet before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive activities, animal presentations, and carousel access. To upgrade your support in order to attend, please email us at [email protected].  

Saturday, April 8

8:30 – 10 a.m. 

Advance registration for this event is required for attendance. Eligible member households will receive an email with details and a link to RSVP soon. Guest passes will not be honored for this event. This event is for Family Deluxe members and higher. Thank you for your GLAZA membership support! 

Special Feeding & Enrichment Demonstrations

Enjoying its enrichment, a snow leopard inspects a paper mache ball at Wild for the Planet.

Two special feedings each weekend day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with early feedings on Upper-level Member Preview Day. Schedule subject to change.

Saturday, April 1

Gorilla – 10:30 a.m.
Langur – 11 a.m.
Meerkat – 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 2

Snow Leopard – 11 a.m.
Rattle Snake – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 8

Flamingos – 9 a.m. (Upper-level Member Preview)
Nursery Window Animals – 9 a.m. (Upper-level Member Preview)
Otter – 9:30 a.m. (Upper-level Member Preview)
Tiger – 11 a.m.
Pronghorn – 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 9

Orangutan – 11 a.m.
Painted dog – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 15

Howler Monkey – 11 a.m.
Chimp – 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 16

Jaguar – 11 a.m.
Rhinoceros Hornbill – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 22

Chimps – 11 a.m.
Tiger – 2 p.m.

Sunday April 23

Elephant (Thai yard) – 11 a.m.
Red River Hogs – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 29

Komodo Dragon – 11 a.m.
Kangaroo – 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 30

Peccaries – 11 a.m.
Mandrill – 2 p.m.

Earth Day Every Day

Your interest in the Zoo and Wild for the Planet shows that you care about wildlife and the environment. Thank you! We ask that you continue this commitment in your daily life by:

  • Conserving water and energy
  • Choosing to reduce, reuse, and recycle instead of throwing things away
  • Buying sustainable products

To explore other easy, everyday Earth-friendly choices, visit our “Actions You Can Take” page. When we all work together to reduce consumption and waste, we can help wildlife thrive by keeping their native habitats safe and healthy.