Party for the Planet

CONTACT: GLAZA Press

April 21, 2015

Los Angeles Zoo’s black bear
Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

PARTY FOR THE PLANET:
AN EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT THE L.A. ZOO
FEATURING OPPORTUNITIES
TO EXPLORE AND LEARN
ABOUT ANIMAL CONSERVATION
AND PRESERVATION, 
SUSTAINABLE LIVING
FOR HUMANS, RECYCLING, 
AND HOW TO MAKE
EARTH A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE
 

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015
10 am to 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens takes part in the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day by hosting PARTY FOR THE PLANET: AN EARTH DAY CELEBRATION providing guests with information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling and how to make Earth a better place to live on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.

Among the opportunities to explore and learn are a California condor station which illustrates the Zoo’s critical efforts to bring the largest bird in North America back from the brink of extinction and how we can help by cleaning up microtrash; a “Backyard Safari,” where visitors discover the range of critters living in their own backyards; an opportunity to get up close to a desert tortoise, California’s state reptile, and an interactive puzzle explaining how it has survived for so long as well as what challenges it faces today; “Plant It and They Will Come,” showing how to plant native vegetation that encourages native wildlife; an interactive diorama by Enviroscape, which explains what happens to water, fluids, or chemicals we dump on the ground and where they end up as they travel from homes to the ocean; and a Bat Station, which highlights the different species of bats that visit the zoo.  Other “discovery” stations spotlight exceptional survival adaptations by asking guests to compare their own abilities and senses to those of animals.  For example, how does an American black bear’s sense of smell, which is seven times greater than a bloodhound’s, match up to a human’s?  And what kind of adaptations would humans need in order to succeed in the bighorn sheep’s rocky environment?  Adding to the mix are tips from local vendors and government organizations on how to treat the earth with kindness.

As another bonus this spring, every day through June 30 visitors to the L.A. Zoo receive a Shutterfly promo card good for a free, easy-to-make 8×10″ hard cover photo book to use to capture their adventures.  The promo card, courtesy of Shutterfly, is available at the admissions window when purchasing tickets or at the membership entrance.  Limit one per household.

The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 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.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Programming subject to change

All Earth Day Expo activities are included with paid admission to the Los Angeles Zoo, which is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org