L.A. Zoo and the L.A.P.D. Respond to a Suspicious Package Left at Zoo Front Entrance Gate

CONTACT: April Spurlock

October 12, 2017

Zoo Offers Guests Free Admission and Parking After Given the All Clear to Open the Zoo and Resume All Scheduled Activities

LOS ANGELES – This morning at around 9:30 a.m., Los Angeles Zoo Security noticed a suspicious package left at the Zoo’s front entrance gate. Security immediately notified the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D). L.A.P.D quickly arrived on the scene to assess the package, an 18” x 18” x 12” box surrounded with duct tape and punctured with air holes. L.A.P.D. made the decision to call in the bomb squad. The public and Zoo staff was asked to move back a safe distance and relocate their cars to the Zoo’s far North parking lot.

The bomb squad identified the contents of the package to be a live, adult opossum. The Zoo was given the all clear by the L.A.P.D., and the Zoo’s gates were open to the public at 11:30 a.m.

The opossum, which appeared to be healthy, was relocated to the Zoo’s health center and will be released. The Zoo asks citizens to contact Los Angeles Animal Services, The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, or your local animal shelter if you have an animal that needs a home or rehabilitation.

The L.A. Zoo is offering free admission for the remainder of the day as well as free parking. The Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Halloween activities will continue as planned.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), 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. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.