Contact: Jason Jacobs, (323) 644-4273
The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce several new additions to the Zoo’s animal community which are now on exhibit just in time for the holidays!
At the top of the Winnick Family Children's Zoo, visitors can get up-close and touchable with our goats and sheep in the animal contact area known as Muriel's Ranch, made possible by a generous gift from the Max H. Gluck Foundation.
Fifteen sweet-tempered baby goats have been added to the Ranch. The goats, ranging in age from six to eight months old, are Nigerian Dwarf goats. This species only reaches around two feet, and the adults weigh in between 20 and 50 pounds. These colorful and curious babies are a kid-friendly size and can be seen in Muriel’s Ranch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Four lesser kudus, a species of antelope native to East Africa, have moved into a hillside habitat at the Zoo. These lesser kudus, born in 2010 and 2011, have spiral horns and a grayish tan fur with white stripes. The zoo’s four male lesser kudus establish a bachelor herd which is an important part of managing the population of many zoo animals.
The kudus were born at the San Diego Zoo and are part of a national consortium to breed this species. The Los Angeles Zoo and San Diego Zoo cooperate closely on this important project as the lesser kudu are a near threatened species.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways, where it hosts over 1.6 million visitors each year. The Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1100 animals, many of which are rare or endangered. New exhibits include The LAIR-Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles, Elephants of Asia and Campo Gorilla Reserve. Admission is $17 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200.