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Los Angeles Zoo Offering New Docent Opportunities

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Do you love animals?  Working with children?  Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity?  Check out the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) docent training program at an information meeting on Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10 am to noon, at the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium.  GLAZA’s docent program, open to ages 18 and up, provides comprehensive training, with no previous experience necessary.  GLAZA’s volunteers, topping 600 people, contributed more than 76,000 hours last year to the Zoo.  Many volunteers, who range in age from 15to 95 (!), have provided over 46 years of service.

“All you need is willingness to learn and commitment to the welfare of our animals,” says Kirin Daugharty, manager of volunteers, adding, “Docents are an essential part of the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, creating a better environment for our animals and our visitors.”

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Roaring Nights 2015 Heats up at Los Angeles Zoo

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

Springtime Carnivore starring Greta Morgan, whose music has been acclaimed as “amazing pop pieces with intelligence,” headlines ROARING NIGHTS 2015, the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual summer music series for ages 18 and up, on Friday, July 24, 2015, 7 to 11 pm.

The July Roaring Nights brings an uncommon call of the wild to the Zoo as it also features DJ Johnny Hawkes spinning tunes, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, full-service bars, and a Game Zone with tabletop games and life-size versions of Jenga and Kerplunk.

The fun also includes pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters, visits to the Zoo’s new jaguar home (along with other animal habitats), and an Animal Artistry Paint Party where guests can express their creativity by painting a favorite animal (or whatever inspiration strikes them) on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir.

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New Jaguar Habitat Opens at Los Angeles Zoo

LA_Zoo_Jaguar_ExhibitLos Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens officials announce the opening of a new habitat for the Zoo’s three jaguars, offering guests the opportunity to see jaguars as never before and marking the momentous completion of the $180 million Master Plan Phase 1 that has transformed the Zoo, placing it at the vanguard of animal care and conservation.

The jaguars’ brand new home, like every other L.A. Zoo Master Plan habitat, is designed for specific needs and natural behavior of the species, incorporating state-of-the-art design and technology to provide superior living spaces for the animals, maximize safety and keeper management and accommodate changes in zoo populations, including births.  To celebrate the opening, the Zoo presents a larger-than-life, three-dimensional street painting by celebrated chalk artist Ever Galvez depicting jaguars that provides visitors a one-of-a-kind, interactive photo op available.  As an added summer bonus, a special FAMILY FUN FRIDAYS four-pack (two adults and two children) is available now, online only, valid Fridays from June 5 through September 25 (except July 3) for one low price of $54 (a $12 savings), and includes a 10% discount on retail merchandise at any Zoo gift shop on the day of the visit.

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Meet Cat in the Hat and Curious George at the Los Angeles Zoo

GL-CatInTheHatThe Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens hosts PBS SoCal Kids Day at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm, featuring an opportunity for guests to meet and take photos with The Cat in the Hat from PBS Kids’ The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That and Curious George, as well as live book readings, themed crafts and activities, and a kids’ dance party, all in the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove.  The Cat in the Hat will be available for photos from 10 am to 1 pm and Curious George from 1 pm to 4 pm.

As an added bonus this spring, visitors to the L.A. Zoo every day through June 30 receive a Shutterfly promo card good for a free, easy-to-make 8×10″ 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 collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional 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 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

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Lance Bass Among Honorees at 45th Annual Beastly Ball at LA Zoo

LA Zoo Lance Bass PHOTO CREDIT:  Jamie PhamThe Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball honors Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge (District 4) and 99 Cents Only Stores, led by President and CEO Stéphane Gonthier, while bestowing the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award on singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, author and philanthropist Lance Bass, who shot to fame as a member of pop band ‘NSYNC, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6 pm, under the stars at the Los Angeles Zoo.  LaBonge is being celebrated for his 14 years of advocacy for the Zoo, its animals and the people it serves.  99 Cents Only stores is being recognized for their exceptional support of the Zoo and the spirit in which the company and its employees participate and work collaboratively with the Zoo to meet community needs.

Bass’ accomplishments epitomize the spirit of the Mankiewicz award, which recognizes entertainment industry professionals for outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation or for efforts to promote civic pride and harmony in our multi-cultural community.  A passionate philanthropist, he is equally passionate about pet adoption and a huge animal lover, while his foundation, The Lance Bass Foundation, meets the health needs of low-income children.  He is the fifth recipient of the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, following entertainment industry attorney Ken Ziffren (2014), actresses Pauley Perrette (2013) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (2012) and rock icon Slash, a GLAZA Trustee (2011).

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