At the Zoo
Not only does the L.A. Zoo collaborate with other accredited institutions to ensure that animal populations in human care are healthy and sustainable, but the expertise that’s cultivated and maintained through the Zoo’s daily care of animals directly benefits wild counterparts. The fact is, zoos like ours are a final barrier to extinction for many species. Away from the threats wild counterparts face, animals in human care offer hope for species survival and eventual repopulation of their native ranges.
More than 16,000 of the nearly two million documented species are currently classified as endangered – an all-time high. Recent estimates indicate that roughly one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades. Some of these species are cared for at the L.A. Zoo.