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Restoring California Habitat

L.A. Zoo Conservation Crew members posing for a photo while removing invasive castor bean plants. Photo by Carl Myers

Griffith Park West Trail Restoration Project 

Since 2022, the L.A. Zoo has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to collaborate on a long-term habitat restoration project in Griffith Park. The Zoo hosts monthly volunteer events at Fern Dell West Trail to survey wildlife, collect trash, and remove invasive plants like tree tobacco, cocklebur, fennel, mustard, and castor bean. These non-native plants quickly outcompete native flora and threaten the wildlife that depends on local ecosystems. Through invasive species removal, clean-ups, and community engagement, the Zoo provides healthier habitats for native flora and fauna.

Dr. Jake Owens, Director of Conservation holds up an invasive cocklebur plant. Photo by Carl Myers

How does this relate to our mission?

Los Angeles is located in one of the 36 biodiversity hotspots worldwide, and many species are threatened by the loss of natural habitats needed for survival. The L.A. Zoo is committed to efforts that safeguard biodiversity and increase access to conservation and nature for all communities. To learn more about the Zoo’s conservation efforts, download the Conservation Strategic Plan

How can you get involved?

The L.A. Zoo extends an open invitation for all our communities to join us in this local conservation effort. To join, please RSVP. For other questions and information, contact lazoo.conservation@lacity.org

West Trail Restoration Site before invasive species removal. Photo by Carl Myers
West Trail restoration site after invasive cocklebur removal. Photo by Carl Myers