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Wild for the Planet

This year’s event promises to be more festive than ever as we mark our 50th Anniversary. Running from Earth Day (April 22) through Endangered Species Day (May 19), we’re putting a spotlight on conservation every day for a whole month. Weekends are even more special, with fun, informative activities, shows, and presentations that will inspire as well as entertain.

Join our “ZooLAbration” of this precious planet and all its rich biodiversity.

Event Snapshot

April 22 (Saturday) – May 19 (Friday)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free with paid admission or GLAZA membership.

Celebrating 50 years of connecting people and wildlife

Wild for the Planet is part of our yearlong party! Visit to share your memories, view historical milestones and conservation achievements, discover exciting events, and explore new ways to appreciate this vibrant landmark in the wild heart of the City.

Weekend Adventures

Special Feedings and Conservation Keeper Talks

Join us for two special animal feedings and keeper talks focusing on conservation every Saturday and Sunday.

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April 22
Snow leopard at 1 p.m.
Asian elephant at 2 p.m.

April 23
Snow leopard at 1 p.m.
Trumpeter swan at 2 p.m.

April 29
Indian rhinoceros at 1 p.m.
Rattlesnake at 2 p.m.

April 30
Gorilla at 1 p.m.
Cassowary at 2 p.m.

May 6
Orangutan at 1 p.m.
Peninsular pronghorn at 2 p.m.

May 7
Chacoan peccary at 1 p.m.
Komodo dragon at 2 p.m.

May 13
American black bear at 1 p.m.
Grevy’s zebra at 2 p.m.

May 14
Sumatran tiger at 1 p.m.
Tasmanian devil at 1:30 p.m.

Puppet Show

10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Swazzle’s interactive puppet show “Ricky Raccoon and the Green Rangers,” which is inspired by our work with California condors. Together with the Green Rangers, kids will be called upon to help “Conrad the Condor” in this fascinating and funny adventure.

Acrobat Show

11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Our all-new ZooLAbration! Acrobat Show in Eucalyptus Grove, an exuberant birthday performance commemorating 50 years of conservation and community.

Nature Journaling Station

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Close observation of animals is important for conservation scientists. But each of us can make new discoveries by using a nature journal and looking closely at the plants and animals all around us. Join us to make your own nature journal and see animals like you never have before.

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4/22 Zebra
4/23 Pronghorn

4/29 Gorilla
4/30 Orangutan

5/6 Cambodia
5/7 Aviary

5/13 Stilt House (2nd floor)
5/14 Markhor

Activities in Eucalyptus Grove

  • Earth Expo featuring a variety of eco-partners
  • #LAZooPlanetPromise Station and photo op
  • Rascal the Recycling Raccoon character appearances 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Education Stations

  • Caring for Our Oceans featuring Seafood Watch at Sea Life Cliffs
  • Planting for Pollinators in Eucalyptus Grove

Sponsorship Support Provided By

Disneynature’s “Born in China”

In theaters Earth Day 2017 

Click below for a fun Activity Packet from our good friends at Disneynature!

Eco Action

Recycle Handheld Electronics Through ECO-CELL

As part of this celebration, we’re raising awareness of an environmentally responsible electronics recycling program called ECO-CELL, which benefits wildlife in several ways. In Africa, gorilla habitats are being destroyed by the mining of minerals that are used in the manufacture of handheld devices. Recycling devices reduces the demand for these minerals, which reduces mining and keeps toxins out of the environment. Plus, ECO-CELL donates a portion of the proceeds from zoo-based recycling programs like ours to conservation nonprofits such as Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE), which is working to save the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla.

So before heading to the L.A. Zoo, take an inventory of your handheld electronics, including cell phones, MP3 players, handheld games, e-readers, and portable hard drives. Bring in any unwanted items for donation and drop them in the ECO-CELL bin. It’s a great way to show that you’re “wild for the planet.” Thank you!

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