Call of the Wild

With mining for cell phone components driving gorillas to the brink of extinction, the species' survival may literally lie in the palm of your hands.[…]

Iniko the condor, as seen from the hidden perspective of her keepers at her arrival to the Zoo

Tears, Applause Greet California Condor Chick Iniko’s Return to the Wild

The L.A. Zoo and Ventana Wildlife Society are celebrating the return to the wild of beloved California condor Iniko, a one and a half-year-old chick.[…]

Denise Verret posing with the giraffes

Zoo Update: October 2021

By Denise M. Verret, L.A. Zoo CEO and Director As summer transitions to fall, I’m reminded of the adaptations and changes of our local native ecosystems and the importance of our care and awareness in protecting these vital habitats to ensure sustainability and a cooperative environment for flora and fauna to thrive. […]

<strong>A member of the Zoo's herpetology team holds a tiny Roti Island snake-necked turtle hatchling in their palm. The ultimate objective of the Zoo's breeding program for this critically endangered turtle – which is extinct in the wild – is to repopulate native habitats in Indonesia.</strong> Photo by Ian Recchio.

Conservation Spotlight: Turtle Talk

By Ian Recchio, Curator of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish The L.A. Zoo’s herpetology department has bred the critically endangered Roti Island snake-necked turtle several times over the years.[…]

A magnificent black vulture at the Zoo's World of Birds Show Theater. <em>Photo by Jamie Pham.</em>

Conservation Spotlight: Vivacious Vultures

In honor of International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) on September 4, we’re celebrating these charismatic and often misunderstood birds all month long.[…]

Denise Verret posing with the giraffes

Zoo Update with Denise Verret, Zoo Director and CEO – August 2021

While we have a storied success in conservation, the challenges we face are growing and it is important now more than ever that we take actions that save the world around us—together.[…]