Our year-end appeal turned out to be a resounding success, bringing attention to the plight of the giant otter both in captivity and South America. Thanks to the generosity of Zoo family members like you caring for giant otters and all threatened species, our campaign goal of $60,000 was not only met, but exceeded, raising more than $61,000!
As we launched our campaign in early November, our animal care staff became aware that our matriarch Mia was once again about to give birth. In late November, she presented us with yet another adorable pup, now seven weeks old. Although not yet old enough to join his siblings in the outdoor portion of their exhibit in the Rainforest, he is now being reared in the safety and comfort of their quiet inner holding area with multiple nesting areas and four openings to the outdoors.
In addition, we continue to support wild born giant otters in Peru, where, in addition to environmental threats, they face persecution from native people who harbor negative attitudes about the species. Since 2014, the L.A. Zoo has contributed to a project by the University of Stirling that aims to reduce misperceptions and ultimately establish giant otter tourism in Peru’s Pucacuro National Reserve, which would benefit both the otters and local residents.
We hope to share more positive stories about our animals with you in the coming year and hope that you will continue to support the important work being done to preserve the lives of hundreds of species of wildlife here at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
President, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association