Wild for the Planet

Butterfly on a flower
Learn how to support pollinators such as butterflies at the Planting for Pollinators station at Wild for the Planet at the L.A. Zoo on weekends through May 1.

Weekends, April 2–May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All activities except honey tastings are free for members and with paid admission. This is a low-waste event.

For five weekends, we’re celebrating Earth Day (April 22) with a fun focus on conservation, sustainability and the natural renewal that spring brings. Join us!

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Earth Day Every Day

Your interest in the Zoo and Wild for the Planet shows that you care about wildlife and the environment. Thank you! We ask that you continue this commitment in your daily life through Earth-friendly choices.

  • Conserve water and energy
  • Chose to reduce, reuse, and recycle instead of throwing things away
  • Buy sustainable products

For more, visit our Actions You Can Take page. When we all work together to reduce consumption and waste, we can help wildlife thrive by keeping habitats safe and healthy.

Wild for the Planet Programming

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted; download/view the event map here

ANIMAL ENRICHMENT

During Wild for the Planet, we’re spotlighting a key aspect of animal care—enrichment. Designed to encourage natural behaviors, enrichment activities are offered throughout the year and promote the physical and mental wellbeing of our animal residents. Learn more at special feeding and enrichment presentations twice daily on weekends.

GREEN INSPIRATION

Discover what you can do to defend natural resources and promote biodiversity at our Earth Expo, featuring some of your favorite conservation and community organizations. Visit the Planting for Pollinators Station and Upcycling Inspiration Lab for fun, no-waste activities, find out what you can do to protect and support local birds, and snap a free green-screen photo with endangered animals. 

HONEY TASTING

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $3 per person
Hosted by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, tastings include samples of six different types of all-natural honey.

CALIFORNIA CONDOR STATION

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Step into the world of a wildlife biologist to learn firsthand about the effort to save critically endangered California condors, one of the Zoo’s most successful conservation programs.

BOOK TALK WITH ZIGGY MARLEY & ORLY MARLEY

Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
Reggae legend Ziggy Marley and his wife and collaborator Orly Marley will read their latest children’s book, Little John Crow, about a Jamaican vulture’s journey of self discovery. Along with the reading, a Zoo expert will share about vultures. Advance reservations are required to attend this limited-capacity program, along with reservations for Zoo entry. Please click here to reserve a spot.

GORILLAS ON THE LINE

With April being Ape Awareness Month, now’s a great time to “answer the call” and recycle unwanted handheld electronics responsibly through ECO-CELL at the Zoo. Proceeds from your donation go to gorilla conservation initiatives through the Gorilla SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program. Before your visit, check out our easy donation tip sheet to learn what devices are accepted and how to prep them. 

Special Feeding & Enrichment Demonstrations

Enjoying its enrichment, a snow leopard inspects a paper mache ball at Wild for the Planet.

Schedule subject to change WITHOUT NOTICE.

  • Saturday, April 2: François’ langur at 11 a.m. / Meerkat at 2 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 3: Snow leopard at 11 a.m. / Rattlesnake at the LAIR at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 9: Sumatran tiger at 11 a.m. / Peninsular pronghorn at 2 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 10: Orangutan at 11 a.m. / African painted dog at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 16: Howler monkey at 11 a.m. / Chimpanzee at 2 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 17: Jaguar at 11 a.m. / Rhinoceros hornbill at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 23 (Earth Day* theme): Chimpanzee at 11 a.m. / Sumatran tiger at 2 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 24 (Earth Day* theme): Asian elephant at Thai Pavilion at 11 a.m. / Red river hog at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 30: Komodo dragon at 11 a.m. / Kangaroo at 2 p.m. 
  • Sunday, May 1: Peccary at 11 a.m. / Mandrill at 2 p.m.