California Biodiversity Day

September 4 – 12, 2021

California is a global biodiversity hotspot, home to a wide variety of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. In fact, California has the largest level of biodiversity of any state in the U.S. To celebrate, we’re offering digital and in-person activities that showcase local florae, faunae, and the importance of conservation. See below for details on featured programming as well as information and inspiration on how to recognize, appreciate, and protect the biodiversity in your own backyard.

The Zoo is just one of many organizations and destinations that are celebrating California Biodiversity Day. Learn more at California Natural Resources’ website or search #CABiodiversityDay on social media.

Special Programming

Envisioning Our L.A.

Saturdays and Sundays, September 4/5 and 11/12, 2021, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Zoo

L.A. Zoo visitors are invited to imagine and share their vision of what people and animals thriving, together, looks like at their home. Visitors will be able to draw a scene showing their ideas, and then attach it to a wall-sized map of Los Angeles. This community-created mural will showcase our collective vision of a city where California biodiversity is valued.

Virtual Behind-the-Scenes VISIT to the L.A. Zoo’s California Condor facility

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 11 a.m. on Facebook here

Get an exclusive, live behind-the-scenes look at the L.A. Zoo California condor facility with Animal Keeper Mike Clark, who has decades of experience caring for these critically endangered birds. You will learn about the Zoo’s efforts to protect this incredible species and see a part of the Zoo normally inaccessible to the public.

Programming subject to change without notice.

Resources

“Making connections with nature”

Join the Zoo’s first-ever Conservation interns, Hored and Rachel, as they share ways to appreciate biodiversity and connect with nature at home, within communities, and at the Zoo. Hored and Rachel mention “Nature Tries,” which you can learn more about in the section below. We invite you to share your “Nature Try” or other ways that you connect with nature on social media and use #LAZoo. We’d love to see it!

“nature try: find biodiversity”

Join the L.A. Zoo Learning & Engagement team on an exploration of the biodiversity that’s all around. Biodiversity is the variety of living things in any area, from plants to animals to fungi! L.A. (and much of California) is a global biodiversity hotspot, meaning we have many different species that are unique to the region and that are also under threat. Wherever you are, noticing the diverse biodiversity around you can be fun and surprising. What will you discover?

More inspiration from the L&E team:

Rosalio: “Growing up in Southern California, I was lucky enough to be exposed to a wide array of locations and habitats. From the beaches, to the mountains, to the deserts, to the forests, it is all within a few hours’ travel. Your Los Angeles Zoo is proud to celebrate all the wonderful aspects of California’s spectacular biodiversity.”

Maura: “Do you ever wonder what animals might share our So Cal spaces with us? From Easter fox squirrels to California sea lions, this resource from LAist shares tips on where to find wildlife in Los Angeles County. Though I might not find, say, black bears in my neighborhood, I love that our region supports so much diversity and that my friends and co-workers around the city have different wildlife to share spaces with!”

Shayna: “I love to see nature through others’ eyes. I’m no artist, but art and story are powerful ways to connect with each other and with nature. Check out this online art show with work by 100 women and non-binary artists celebrating the GARDEN, then visit the Envisioning Los Angeles program at the L.A. Zoo to contribute your vision of people and wildlife thriving to a community-created mural!”

“Virtual Herping” with L.A. Zoo Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio”

The Zoo’s top herpetological expert shares how to “herp” (search for and identify reptiles and amphibians) and about the Zoo’s critical role in saving the southern mountain yellow-legged frog from extinction.

“Vulture VIP: Dolly the Ambassador California Condor”

In celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day (September 4), L.A. Zoo Animal Keeper Debbie Sears talks about Dolly, the nation’s first California condor ambassador, and her role in the conservation of this critically endangered species.

“Backyard Pals” activity (downloadable PDF)

Get to know the southern mountain yellow-legged frog, yellow-faced bumblebee, and other California natives through this online activity.

“Bird Bingo” activity (downloadable PDF)

Go an exploratory walk in your neighborhood to spot some of your avian neighbors.