Sunset Safari at the L.A. Zoo Welcomes Safari Society Donors


August 20, 2015


Saturday, September 12, 2015

6 to 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Sunset Safari Guests and an American Black BearPHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham

Sunset Safari Guests and an American Black Bear

Sunset Safari, an exclusive after-hours party hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) for SAFARI SOCIETY donors takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2015, 6 to 9 pm, at the L.A. Zoo. One of many SAFARI SOCIETY benefits, the evening features an enchanting after-hours, stroll through Zoo grounds offering views of exotic animals and unique experiences such as keeper talks which highlight Sumatran tigers, orangutans and more. Guests will engage through special wildlife feedings, a petting zoo, wildlife education stations and up-close visits with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents. Also included are a buffet dinner, drinks, live music, a photo booth, a cooking demonstration and rides on the extraordinary Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.

The SAFARI SOCIETY, open to the public, is GLAZA’s premier upper-level giving society for individuals who share a deep appreciation for wildlife, concern for animal welfare and for the preservation of biodiversity and natural habitats worldwide. With giving levels ranging from $1,500 to $25,000 annually, donors receive exclusive access to wildlife and wildlife experts, behind-the-scenes experiences, fees discounted on private events in uniquely stunning locations and many other benefits.

SAFARI SOCIETY is the pinnacle among donor and membership programs presented by the private, nonprofit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), founded in 1963, which funds 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 funds/operates seven essential departments on behalf of the L.A. Zoo: development, marketing, special events publications, membership, volunteers, and oversight of the food and retail concessions. There are 60,000 member households in GLAZA representing more than 240,000 adults and children, one of the largest membership bases 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, 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 the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more. 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. 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.

For information about the SAFARI SOCIETY, please contact Nancy Simerly at 323 644-4717 or [email protected]

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