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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Learn more about the L.A. Zoo — our mission, vision, and organizational structure.

Zoo Director

John R. Lewis

Denise Tamura, Executive Assistant

Zoo Administration

Denise M. Verret, Deputy Director
Mae Huey, Human Resources Division
Beth Schaefer, General Curator
Lisa Naples, Chief Veterinarian
Mei Kwan, Director of Administration and Operations
Tom LoVullo, Construction and Maintenance Supervisor
Kirsten Perez, Director of Education
Darryl Pon, Planning and Development Division
April Spurlock, Public Relations Division

Zoo Commission

Karen B. Winnick, President
Bernardo Silva, Vice President
Margot Armbruster
Christopher Hopkins
Tyler Kelley
Richard Lichtenstein, Ex-Officio Member

Please click here for Zoo Commission meeting information >

Former Zoo Directors

Edward Maruska, 2002-2003
Manuel A. Mollinedo, 1995-2002
Dr. Mark A. Goldstein, 1992-1995
Dr. Warren D. Thomas, 1974-1991
Chester E. Hogan, 1971-1974
Dr. Nathan B. Gale, 1968-1971
Dr. Wesley A. Young, 1966-1968

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation

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The Los Angeles Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit the AZA website at www.aza.org.

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