Los Angeles Zoo’s Resident Football Expert, AKA Artie the Giraffe, Predicts Super Bowl 49 Winner


January 29, 2015




Check out which team is predicted to win Super Bowl 49 by Masai giraffe Artimus, the Los Angeles Zoo’s resident football expert, in a video just released and available for viewing 24-hours a day.  In the exclusive video, filmed before cheering crowds* at the Zoo, Artimus’ keeper packs two containers full of his favorite Super Bowl snacks, one with the Seattle Seahawks logo and the other with the New England Patriots logo.  While the suspense builds, Artimus makes his choice.  Which team will it be?  Find out by visiting https://www.lazoo.org/blog/2015/01/28/artie-the-giraffe-predicts-super-bowl-49-winner/

The prediction concludes with an, er, tall tale, including the fact that the *cheering crowds are inaudible and invisible.  And keep in mind that Artimus is not responsible for your use of or belief in his prediction.  He’s never played football, does not have a TV and he’s a giraffe.  However, visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens can see Artie and his teammate giraffes – including Artie’s new giraffe calf, named Leo and born on November 20, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is open every day of the year from 10 am to 5 pm, except Christmas Day.  The calf, by the way, currently stands at a kicker-size 6-feet-tall, 150 pounds.

The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 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 113 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, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Zoo admission is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org