This spring, L.A. Zoo guests are invited to enjoy an unusual and rare opportunity to "MEET OUR BABIES," including the soon-to-be-named baby kangaroo as well as Rosie, the near-legendary baby hippo, a baby giraffe, five baby chimpanzees, two baby otters, a baby howler monkey, baby koala, baby pronghorn, baby sifaka, and even baby piranha. An Activity Guide with a special map is available at the Zoo's entrance to help visitors locate all the heart-melting young ones while learning more about these animals and the zoo’s breeding programs that are so vital to saving en-dangered and vulnerable species by serving as a hedge against extinction in the wild.
To enter the #NameOurRoo contest, visit the L.A. Zoo between now and April 26, take a picture of the Western gray kangaroo baby or any part of the exhibit, post it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #NameOurRoo and your proposed name, or upload your photo and proposed name at LAZooBabies.org (“Entry”). Then share your entry with friends via a special link provided and encourage them to vote for your proposed name. The Grand Prize is a GoPro HERO4 Camera ($399 value) and a Family Deluxe Membership to the Zoo ($165 value), while two runners up each receive a Family Membership ($126 value). More details and the official rules are available at lazoo.org/NameOurRoo.
As an added bonus this spring, every day through June 30 visitors to the L.A. Zoo receive a Shut-terfly promo card good for a free, easy-to-make 8x10" hard cover photo book to use to capture their adventures. The promo card, courtesy of Shutterfly, is available at the admissions window when purchasing tickets or at the membership entrance. Limit one per household.
The landmark LOS ANGELES ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collec-tion comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Ac-credited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous profes-sional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo's popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest mem-bership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.
Programming subject to change
Zoo admission is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, open 10 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas Day, is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit lazoo.org