Ready for Their Close-Up: LA Zoo Photo Day
Arts Alive recently attended the Twenty-Fourth Annual L.A. Zoo Photo Day presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA).
Over five decades, GLAZA has funded exhibits, plant and animal species conservation and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo, an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, attracting 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 133 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.
There are 73,000 member households in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) representing more than 300,000 adults and children, the largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles.
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, and Campo Gorilla Reserve, with the eagerly awaited Rainforest of the Americas habitat scheduled to open soon.
If you spend a day at the L.A. Zoo, I'm sure you'll have a fabulous adventure watching animals that look like works of art.
The Zoo's location in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways ideally positions it as a convenient destination enjoyed by locals and vacationers of all ages who can visit every day of the year except Christmas Day. www.lazoo.org
Photographs by Susie Goodman.