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September 18, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LOS ANGELES -- The doctor is in -- but not for much longer. Charles J. Sedgwick, known to most as "Doc," is retiring from his position as chief veterinarian of the Los Angeles Zoo later this month. The 68-year-old Burbank resident has held the post since 1995, but his history with the zoo began in 1964, when he came on for a five-year stint as a veterinarian at the facility's former home in Griffith Park. Sedgwick will retire on Sept.
November 16, 2001
Alecia Foster GRIFFITH PARK -- Jennifer Lopez and Briseida Sibrian strutted near the stage like proud lions -- their faces framed by orange manes made from construction paper. "My lion is orange, like the sun," Jennifer said, reading from a poem about lions. Lopez and more than a dozen other third-graders from The Accelerated School in South Central Los Angeles added their creativity Thursday to an animal-themed concert at the Los Angeles Zoo. The students read poems they had written about animals in between classical songs played by Symphony in the Glen.
By Mary O'Keefe | October 6, 2006
The parking lot of Holy Redeemer Catholic School is usually busy in the early mornings with parents dropping off their students, and teachers getting ready for another school day, but on Wednesday there were some new sights and sounds added to the normal morning activities. Dogs, cats, bunnies, iguanas, lizards, ducks and, yes, even a horse filled the courtyard. They were all there with their owners to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. All present — kids and animals — were on their best behavior as the pets were blessed by Monsignor Jack Foley, better known as Father Jack.
By: ELISABETH M. BROWN | September 2, 2005
Alligators in the Laguna Lakes? Well, maybe not, although we did have a hippopotamus once. African clawed frogs, certainly. And while alligators have a certain thrill factor, the frogs have arguably had more impact on the local lake ecology. Laguna is no stranger to abandoned animals. The network of interior canyons and our surrounding open space attract a regular stream of people intent on liberating -- that is, dumping -- unwanted pets. Most seem to think that urban animals can just take up an independent lifestyle in the wild with no problems.
By Ani Amirkhanian | May 31, 2007
Maggie Connor believes in making a difference through education. Since her retirement, Connor, a Glendale resident, has dedicated her time to helping educate visitors about wildlife at the Los Angeles Zoo. As a volunteer docent, Connor not only teaches visitors about the animals, but she also learns something new herself every time she gives tours at the zoo. "I have an interest in education and a thirst for learning," Connor, 77,...
By Katie Landan, | September 9, 2011
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or are you just not an animal person? According to a recent CalTech study , our brains are hardwired to react to creatures of the nonhuman kind. CalTech and UCLA researchers found that neurons throughout the brain's center for processing emotions (amygdala) respond preferentially to images of animals. "Our study shows that neurons in the human amygdala respond preferentially to pictures of animals, meaning that we saw the most amount of activity in cells when the patients looked at cats or snakes versus buildings or people," Florian Mormann, lead author on the paper and a former postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Biology at Caltech, said in a press release.
By Brittany Levine, | April 10, 2012
If looking for local animal celebrities, don't just head to the hills. They're also on Twitter. Following news stories about animals spotted outside their woodland habitats, several beasts have taken to Twitter, including a Burbank mountain lion and a bear that until Tuesday had charmed his fans with his hide-and-go-seek tweets. “Everyone's following me! Cops. Fish and Game. Those choppers with the bright lights. And now, all of you on Twitter. No privacy!” the bear's Twitter doppelganger, @TheGlendaleBear , tweeted last week.
By Chris Weibe | December 22, 2007
In front of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Friday night, the Christmas season came to life. Church members put on a live Nativity scene complete with Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, wise men and a herd of barn animals like goats, sheep, chicken, rabbits and a donkey. Though there was a chill in the air, church members and residents gathered along Brand Avenue to take a peek at the display. Mary and Joseph sat beside each other with a baby cradled in her arms. Children in bright costume robes milled about the scene as the animals grazed hay. “I think what’s so great is it really brings our community together, and everyone is welcome to come out,” said Stephanie Nicholson, 25, a church member for 10 years who helped organize the display.
February 20, 2002
Karen S. Kim NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- The animals of Harry Potter will visit Glendale Public Library's Grandview branch from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Well, maybe not the actual animals of Harry Potter, but Wildlife on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that rescues injured wild animals, will bring children an owl, a toad and a snake. Wildlife on Wheels representatives will discuss the animals' roles in the popular Harry Potter series, teach children about the animals themselves and display the creatures.
June 23, 2006
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA's Wiggle Waggle Walk, sponsored by Ralphs and Nutro, is scheduled for Sept. 24 and will have a new format this year. There are three ways to participate: as an individual, as a member of a team, or you can form a team. Each participant is asked raise a minimum of $100 for the animals. It's easy to do, just log on to and create your personal fundraising Web page. In 2005 more than 1,200 people attended this event, helping to raise a record $113,000 for the animals in the care of the PHS. This year they hope to set a new record.
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