Earth Day Expo Weekend at the L.A. Zoo


April 3, 2014




Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

PHOTO CAPTION:  Los Angeles Zoo’s black bear
PHOTO CREDIT:  Tad Motoyama 

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens celebrates Earth Day with a weekend expo spotlighting California wildlife and the role it plays in the health of Planet Earth on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Zoo in Griffith Park.  Earth Day Expo features interactive stations throughout the Zoo providing guests an opportunity to explore information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling, and how to make Earth a better place to live.  All activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

Among the Earth Day Expo attractions is a demonstration at the Zoo’s Sea Lion Cliffs, where harbor seals reside, of Enviroscapes’ “Drains to the Ocean” product with tips on how to avoid polluting the Earth’s water systems.  Efforts for critically endangered California condors are spotlighted at a station in Discovery Plaza illustrating the Zoo’s role in the California Condor Recovery Program, whose primary focus is the captive breeding and reintroduction of California condors to the wild with the aim of establishing a self-sustaining wild population.  In the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, there is a fish-toss game to astonish youngsters with just how many sea creatures can fit into a pelican’s vast mouth and a close-up look at California desert tortoises.  At the black bear habitat, guests can explore the ursine’s intensely sensitive sense of smell.  Biofact models at the big-horned sheep exhibit offer a fascinating hands-on introduction to the animal’s unique physiology.  A presentation tied in with the Zoo’s extensive botanical gardens stresses the important role native plants play in our ecosystem.  And last but not least is the premiere of the Zoo’s Bat Station with experts discussing the five species of bats living in Griffith Park.

This year the L.A. Zoo is joining with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) program “Party for the Planet,” its signature Earth Day event and the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America (held at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the country) with activities designed for kids of all ages. Earth Day Expo is among many programs presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, founded in 1963.  For five decades, GLAZA has funded plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

GLAZA also builds and invests endowment funds and operates seven essential departments on behalf of the L.A. Zoo: development, special events, marketing, publications, membership, volunteers, and oversight of the food and retail concessions.  There are 65,000 member households in GLAZA representing more than 240,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles.  GLAZA additionally boasts a volunteer corps of more than 800 individuals. 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.  Its lush grounds on 133 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 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 its most popular habitats 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 soon.  The Zoo’s location in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways ideally positions it as a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day. All Earth Day Expo activities are included with paid admission to the Los Angeles Zoo, which 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.

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.