Official Blog of the L.A. Zoo

Learn about exciting Zoo developments, including animal updates, events, expert perspectives, and field reports on our conservation initiatives at the Zoo and around the world.

<strong>Berani, the 17-year-old female orangutan born at the L.A. Zoo in 2005</strong> Photo by Jamie Pham

Keepers Reunite with Orangutan

In August, orangutan keepers Kathryn Vivian and Stania Olivera and senior keeper of apes Megan Fox attended the 15th annual Orangutan Species Survival Plan (OSSP) conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.[…]

<strong>Chacoan peccaries live among thorny scrub brush and cacti in Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay.</strong> Photo by Jamie Pham

Zoo Update from GLAZA President Tom Jacobson – September 2022

In every season, we remain so grateful to GLAZA members and volunteers for your passionate support of the Zoo’s mission to save species from extinction.[…]

Photo of a koala

Keeper Interview: Behind the Scenes of a Koala Introduction

Last month, our resident koalas, female Maya and male Burra, took the next step toward fulfilling their biological destinies when the two were introduced to live together as partners in the koala habitat.[…]

Photo of a cockatoo on a branch

Zoo Update from Director and CEO Denise M. Verret – August 2022

It’s August, which means we are hosting nearly 900 Zoo Campers and are also taking our outreach programs to 36 parks throughout the City as part of the Recreation and Parks Summer Play L.A.[…]

<strong>Plastics in the water are harmful to sea lions like Rocky and other marine life.</strong> Photo by Tad Motoyama

Zoo Staffers Go Plastic-Free for July

This July, staff and volunteers of the L.A. Zoo are taking personal responsibility for one tenant of the Zoo’s Conservation Strategic Plan, to “do everything we can to create a just and sustainable world where people and wildlife thrive together.” By joining the Plastic-free Ecochallenge, a friendly competition between AZA member zoos, staff are refusing […][…]

The tiger salamander is native to North America, with varieties found coast to coast in the U.S. Photo by Jamie Pham

Zoo Update with GLAZA President Tom Jacobson – July 2022

As we begin a new fiscal year this month, it’s time to celebrate the generosity of the people of Los Angeles to the L.A.[…]