March 8, 2012
The Los Angeles Zoo is opening a snazzy new home for reptiles and amphibians today, a $14-million condominium complex for Mexican beaded lizards, Rowley's palm vipers, radiated tortoises and other creatures that slither and croak. The LAIR - the acronym for Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles - was five years in the making and will be one of just a few reptile houses to open in North America in the last decade. "We've got one of the best in the nation," zoo Director John Lewis said as workers prepared by cleaning display windows, planting feathery ferns, adjusting temperature and humidity controls and using metal hooks to place venomous snakes carefully into their spacious new homes.
July 15, 2004
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. will host its "Music in the Zoo" night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday throughout the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. The event is open to the public. For members of the association, admission is $10, $6.50 for children 6 to 15. For non-members, admission is $15, $9.50 for children 9 to 15. Eight musical acts will perform at various locations throughout the zoo during the event. Wicked Tinkers will play traditional Scottish music, Tropical Punch will perform calypso music, Incendio will perform flamenco music, Lula and Afro-Brasil will perform Brazilian music, and the Masanga Marimba Ensemble will play traditional marimba music.
January 19, 2001
Gary Moskowitz LOS ANGELES ZOO -- Sweet Pea, a black rhinoceros, was euthanized at the Los Angeles Zoo after months of declining health and failed medical treatments. The 2,000-plus pound rhinoceros, 24, had been given intravenous fluids, antibiotics and several tests to try to determine what was causing her failing health. By the middle of last week, she was having problems standing up. Acting chief zoo veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Stringfield said zoo workers performed all of the tests possible for a rhinoceros.
September 8, 2006
On Aug. 17 the Los Angeles Zoo welcomed the birth of its second Masai giraffe born this year. The newborn's mother, Asali, has delivered 12 of the 23 giraffe calves born at the Los Angeles Zoo. Her calves have been hand-raised in the Children's Zoo nursery. Asali's latest offspring, a currently unnamed male born six-feet-four-inches tall and 158 pounds, presently receives five 7 ½ quart bottle feedings a day and has already grown four inches since his birth. Within three months the giraffe calf will move into the giraffe exhibit that is currently home to an adult male, two adult females and a four-month-old giraffe born April 4, and is being raised on exhibit by his mother Neema.
October 9, 2002
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn., the nonprofit organization responsible for raising funds to support the Los Angeles Zoo, has named Connie Morgan as its president. Morgan was a member of the senior executive team that created the Los Angeles Opera and later served as its director of development. Morgan and the association have set a goal to raise $51.6 million from private individuals, corporations and foundations to contribute to ongoing rebuilding at the zoo. Construction has already started on a multi-million-dollar front entrance complex that will include a new Sea Lion Cliffs and a Children's Discovery Center.
July 10, 2010
Some people volunteer in hospitals or libraries, but others babysit escape artist orangutans and dig worms for hungry foxes. The Los Angeles Zoo enlists 800 volunteers from high school teens to retirees throughout the Los Angeles area, many of whom live in Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Burbank. One docent, Muriel Horacek, of La Cañada, can often be found near Bruno the orangutan. Bruno is well-known on zoo grounds for his 25-minute escape in May 2008. Ever since, volunteers like Horacek have kept a watchful eye on him, which she enjoys because orangutans are her favorite species to observe.
April 7, 2006
The Los Angeles Zoo has planned some egg-citing events in observance of the Easter season. April 14 through 16, the zoo will have its Big Bunny's Spring Fling, which will include bunnies available for petting, face painting and photo opportunities with Big Bunny. Other characters, including the Energizer Bunny and Tony the Tiger, will be present. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dan Crow and Jim Gamble's Big Bunny Puppet Show. Children can plant their own carrots to take home or build a bunny, similar to those seen in Wallace & Gromit's "Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
November 24, 2001
Alecia Foster A handful of reindeer are taking a break from the colder temperatures of the north to bask in California sunshine. The Los Angeles Zoo will play host to several reindeer in the temporary exhibit, "Reindeer Romp." Besides live reindeer, children and adults can see a display of reindeer antlers and learn how the antlers shed and grow back each year. The animals will be on display at the zoo through Jan. 1. The zoo will also have crafts and holiday entertainment every weekend from Dec. 1 through 24. Zoo visitors will also be able to ride the Los Angeles Zoo Choo Choo for a small fee. For more information, call the zoo at (323)
October 25, 2001
Karen S. Kim GRIFFITH PARK -- Halloween isn't just about costumes and candy this year. It's about hippos, according to the Los Angeles Zoo. Maggie and Otis, Griffith Park's resident hippopotamus amphibius, will be hosting a "Stomp and Chomp" to kick off Boo at the Zoo for Halloween. The strictly vegetarian animals will stomp and chomp on holiday pumpkins, apples, corn stalks and gourds. An emperor scorpion and a tarantula will also make a brief appearance during the event to celebrate the spooky holiday.
February 2, 2001
Amber Willard LOS ANGELES ZOO -- A rhinoceros that recently euthanized at the Los Angeles Zoo had a form of tuberculosis, tests show. Sweet Pea, a 2,000-plus pound black rhino, had been declining in health with bacterial pneumonia and anemia, and had suffered a previous bout with tuberculosis. It will be a few more weeks before zoo officials know if Sweet Pea's tuberculosis was human, bovine or another variety. "It is important for everyone to remember that tuberculosis from an animal can only be transmitted by direct contact with that animal," Acting Chief Veterinarian Cynthia Stringfield said.