Angela Collier World of Birds Theater Grand Opening
CONTACT: GLAZA Press
April 10, 2014
ANGELA COLLIER WORLD OF BIRDS THEATER DEBUTS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
11:30 a.m. Daily — Except Tuesdays
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens today previewed the all-new “World of Birds Show” in the newly-constructed Angela Collier World of Birds Theater located inside the Zoo. The two-story Mediterranean-style theater is the venue for a showcase of dare-devil acts, flights of fancy and the amusing and curious behaviors of avians. The show is opening to the public in previews that include training sessions so that the bird performers get more accustomed to large audiences.
Los Angeles Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to watch and participate in the actual training process of various bird “stars” that include an American bald eagle, a Moluccan cockatoo from Indonesia/Australia, blue and gold macaws, an African Bateleur eagle, talking Amazon parrots, a Lanner falcon, and a variety of owls, among others.
At today’s show preview scheduled performing birds included: a black vulture, talking Amazon parrots, Hawaiian, Eurasian and Great-Horned owls, a training demonstration with blue-throated macaws and behavioral and hunting demonstrations from a range of birds of prey.
The Angela Collier World of Birds Theater was made possible in large part through a generous gift from the Angela Collier Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1996 with the purpose of promoting animal rights and the prevention of cruelty to animals. Although Foundation founder, Angela Collier, met with an untimely death just one year later, her charitable works live on as her legacy to many animal-related causes and organizations. The Foundation’s generous contribution made possible the bulk of the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater construction and is the most recent gift the Foundation has made to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) to support the Los Angeles Zoo. The Foundation’s Board of Directors had previously supported the Zoo’s Campo Gorilla Reserve exhibit which debuted in 2007 and houses the Zoo’s troop of seven Western Lowland gorillas.
Other donors to the new facility were Barbara and Jack Dawson, Arpita and Brian Diamond/Diamond Landscaping, Inc., Helen C. Pekny, Ann and Robert Ronus, Roslyn Schrank, and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Members of the Collier family joined John Lewis, Zoo Director; Connie Morgan, President of GLAZA; Basil Collier, Director, Angela Collier Foundation; and Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the “World of Birds Show” preview.
The World of Birds Show previews will be held every day (except Tuesday) at 11:30 a.m. in the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater. The show is free with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership. Zoo admission is $18 for adults; $13 for children 2 -12; $15 for seniors 62 and up. Admission is free for GLAZA members and children under two. Free parking available.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, attracting 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. The L.A. Zoo is located on 133 acres of lush grounds that feature a botanical collection comprised of over 800 different plant species with more than 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 the most popular habitats at the L.A. Zoo are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, and Campo Gorilla Reserve, with the eagerly awaited Rainforest of the Americas habitat scheduled to open April 29, 2014. There are 65,000 member households in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) representing more than 240,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. For general information, call (323) 644-4200.