Los Angeles Zoo’s #NameOurRoo Winner!


May 1, 2015







After 503 entries, 5,082 votes and more than 12,000 visits to the L.A. Zoo’s #NameOurRoo contest web page featuring a rare opportunity for the general public to name a Zoo animal, the Los Angeles Zoo’s Western gray kangaroo baby has been dubbed “Winnie the Roo,” a name conceived by Patricia Beauchamp of Los Angeles, it was announced May 1, 2015.  Along with Grand Prize “naming rights,” Beauchamp receives a GoPro HERO4 Camera ($399 value) and a Family Deluxe Membership to the Zoo ($165 value).  Two runners up — Cody Grindol, who submitted “Penelope,” and Delia G., who proposed “Keanu,” — receive Family Memberships ($126 value).

With new kangaroos and all the Zoo’s other adorable newborns, the contest was an unusual chance for visitors to “MEET OUR BABIES,” including Rosie, the near-legendary baby hippo, and chimpanzee, giant river otter, giraffe, howler monkey, colobus monkey, koala, pronghorn, sifaka, and even piranha babies.  Many of these new arrivals are thanks to breeding programs that are vital to saving endangered and vulnerable species by serving as a hedge against extinction in the wild.

As an added bonus this spring, every day through June 30 visitors to the L.A. Zoo receive a Shutterfly promo card good for a free, easy-to-make 8×10″ hard cover photo book to use to capture their adventures.  The promo card, courtesy of Shutterfly, is available at the admissions window when purchasing tickets or at the membership entrance.  Limit one per household.

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 60,000 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, open 10 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas Day, 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