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Safari Society Events

Zoo Director’s Series: Zoo Nutrition

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ensuring the Zoo’s 1,400 animals consume balanced meals that meet their dietary requirements can be a daunting task. Zoo Nutritionist Emily Schwartz will discuss how she prepares diet analyses and ensures proper nutritional formulations for the multitude of different species. She also develops the diets for animals with diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, and geriatric issues, such as arthritis and tooth loss.

The Los Angeles Zoo is one of only 18 Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) accredited facilities across the country that employee a nutritionist. Schwartz will talk about working alongside animal care staff to process and prepare approximately 8,700 pounds of restaurant-quality produce each week and managing the commissary’s walk-in freezer, which is consistently stocked with beef bones, whole fish, chickens, rodents, and other items that carnivores like to eat. A reception will be held prior to the lecture where guests can enjoy conversations with animal care staff and Interim Zoo Director Denise Verret.

Sunset Safari

Saturday, July 13, 2019
6 – 9 p.m.

An enchanting evening of wildlife experiences at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (LA Zoo), held exclusively for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) Safari Society and Business Partners.

As the sun descends into the horizon, you will be transported inside the Zoo to enjoy keeper talks, animal walk-abouts, special feedings, and training demonstrations featuring animals from Central and South America and the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater. Meander through the menagerie to Zoopendous Park, where you will be treated to Central American fare, drinks, music, and other entertainment.

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