L.A. Zoo Celebrates International Plant Conservation Day


May 12, 2014

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plant Conservation

Photo Credit: Tad Motoyama

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will celebrate international Plant Conservation Day by hosting tours and educational talks about plants and their vital relationship with butterflies, insects and animals.

“Plant them and they will come,” says Kirin Daugharty Manager of Volunteer Programs at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA). “Many native plants naturally attract butterflies and beneficial insects that in turn, attract birds and other local animals. Our goal is to educate the public on how they can create their own ecosystems within their immediate surroundings.”

This year’s Plant Conservation at the Zoo theme will be drought-tolerant plants and how any garden can thrive even in the midst of a drought. Docents and volunteers will participate in this Zoo-wide celebration of plant life and its impact on ecosystems throughout the world by hosting education stations and docent-led tours where visitors can learn more about the Zoo’s collection of plants from around the world.

Plant Conservation Day at the Los Angeles Zoo is free with paid admission. Zoo admission is $18 for adults, $13 for children 2-12, $15 for seniors 62 and up. Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two.

PCD-PosterThe Zoo is located in Griffith Park, at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, make it a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (323) 644-4200. www.lazoo.org
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, attracting 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. The L.A. Zoo is located on 133 acres of lush grounds that feature a botanical collection comprised of over 800 different plant species with more than 7,000 individual plants. There are 65,000 member households in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) representing more than 240,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles.