<strong>Meerkats</strong> live in “mobs” headed by females, so when a mother with pups is called to leadership duty, babysitting falls to non-alpha females. Photo by Jamie Pham

Photo Gallery: Zoo Mothers and Their Young

Our award-winning photographers capture the quiet and not-so-quiet moments between mothers and their offspring. Check out some of our favorite previously un-shared photos that celebrate this special bond, in a gallery curated just for you![…]

The chimpanzee troop is ready to welcome two new members.

Super Troopers: New Chimps Arrive

The Zoo has recently welcomed two new chimpanzees! Curator of Mammals Candace Sclimenti says “the intros are going great” with the rest of the troop, and in fact the duo—two males—were recently made acquainted with the current alpha male.[…]

Female harpy eagle with white and gray feathers looking to the left

Fierce Females of the Species

When it comes to size, strength, cunning, and leadership, the females have it in some exceptional species.[…]

Snow Leopard in Shadow Forest

Animal Absences, Explained

The L.A. Zoo is home to more than 270 species, but sometimes you might not see your favorite on a trip to the Zoo.[…]

Iniko the condor, as seen from the hidden perspective of her keepers at her arrival to the Zoo

Tears, Applause Greet California Condor Chick Iniko’s Return to the Wild

The L.A. Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society are celebrating the return to the wild of beloved California condor Iniko, a one and a half-year-old chick.[…]

<strong>A member of the Zoo's herpetology team holds a tiny Roti Island snake-necked turtle hatchling in their palm. The ultimate objective of the Zoo's breeding program for this critically endangered turtle – which is extinct in the wild – is to repopulate native habitats in Indonesia.</strong> Photo by Ian Recchio.

Conservation Spotlight: Turtle Talk

By Ian Recchio, Curator of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish The L.A. Zoo’s herpetology department has bred the critically endangered Roti Island snake-necked turtle several times over the years.[…]