<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>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 […][…]

Gorillas

Call of the Wild

With mining for cell phone components driving gorillas to the brink of extinction, the species' survival may literally lie in the palm of your hands.[…]

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.[…]

Denise Verret posing with the giraffes

Zoo Update: October 2021

By Denise M. Verret, L.A. Zoo CEO and Director As summer transitions to fall, I’m reminded of the adaptations and changes of our local native ecosystems and the importance of our care and awareness in protecting these vital habitats to ensure sustainability and a cooperative environment for flora and fauna to thrive. […]

<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.[…]