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THE818NOW
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nicole Charky, Special to the News-Press | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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By Joanne Hedge | April 11, 2014
Residents from the Rancho, Grand Central and Pelanconi neighborhoods were introduced March 20 to Councilman Ara Najarian's smart proposal that addresses the issue of the unsafe Doran rail crossing while also enhancing the city's Riverwalk Park proposal for a recreational bridge between Glendale and Griffith Park . Surprise guest Najarian spoke following a rail crossing and “quiet zone” update by public works director Roubik Golanian at a community...
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NEWS
May 3, 2013
This Sofie is no teething toy. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Thursday announced the successful birth of a female giraffe named Sofie, a close riff on the wildly popular Sophie baby teething toy in the likeness of a giraffe. The zoo's Sofie, however, is a bit larger, weighing in at 135 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. She was named by the great granddaughter of zoo donor Robert McMillan, according to an announcement issued on Thursday. Sofie, born on April 22, is the first calf for the zoo's Masai giraffe, Hafina.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
A money-saving plan to privatize the Los Angeles Zoo has stalled after city negotiators failed to reach an agreement with the nonprofit seeking to run the facility. The announcement that the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. was pulling out of talks Thursday because of a disagreement over whom the zoo director should report to puts the fate of the facility in jeopardy, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana warned. With the city government looking at a deficit of half a billion dollars over the next two fiscal years, the zoo will be "forced to fight with public safety and other city priorities for its own survival," Santana said.
THE818NOW
July 2, 2012
Ticket prices are expected to go up again at the Los Angeles Zoo, with the City Council voting Tuesday to impose its fifth increase in five years. On their last day before they leave for a two-week break, council members will take up a plan to boost zoo admission fees by $1 across the board for adults, seniors and children -- part of the budget plan proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in April. Entry fees have steadily climbed at the zoo as the city's budget picture worsened, with the price more than doubling for kids 12 and under.
THE818NOW
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.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
A woman somehow managed to climb into the elephant enclosure Tuesday at the Los Angeles Zoo, where she walked right up to the animals and petted them. The woman, who has not yet been identified, was able to cross ditches and climb fences to get into the elephant pen. The incident was captured on video by another visitor to the zoo. As she walked up to the elephants, onlookers screamed at her in an effort to get her to leave the enclosure, which houses three elephants.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
The Los Angeles Zoo said it had no plans to increase security at the elephant exhibit a day after a determined visitor climbed over multiple barriers and petted the pachyderms. The enclosure that separates the elephants from visitors is surrounded by multiple obstacles throughout the 6-acre space, including fences, ditches, a pool and shrubbery, said Jason Jacobs, a spokesman for the zoo. That was apparently not enough to stop one woman from climbing into the elephant pen Tuesday.
THE818NOW
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 14, 2011
Los Angeles Zoo officials say the death of rare baby Sumatran tiger was "very unexpected," given that the mother has never lost a cub since 2005. Zookeepers found the tiger cub dead Monday morning, apparently of head trauma. The cub was one of three baby male Sumatran tigers born Aug. 6. Zoo officials said a necropsy performed on the cub after it was found indicated that it had sustained head trauma, but they are still trying to figure out how the wound occurred. Only the mother has access to the cubs, which are completely dependent on her for the first year, zoo spokeswoman Lienani Bernabe said.
THE818NOW
September 12, 2011
The L.A. Zoo welcomed several baby animals over the summer. Two giant otter pups were born in July, and are being cared for off-site at the Winnick Family Animal Care Center but can be viewed through nursery windows. Once they have matured enough they will go out on-exhibit. Giants otters are exhibited in only five U.S. zoos. In August, Lulu, the zoo's female tiger, gave birth to three male Sumatran tiger cubs. Lulu will raise the cubs solely off-exhibit for the next few months.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011
Having earned a reputation over the past four decades as being one of the best parties in Los Angeles, this year’s 41st annual Beastly Ball held June 18 at the Los Angeles Zoo once again delivered supporters an incredible evening of entertainment, food and fun. The Beastly Ball, which each year raises more than $1 million for the zoo, gives safari-attired guests the opportunity to enjoy entertainment and an eclectic range of taste treats from...
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