The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are taking part in the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by hosting “Party for the Planet: An Earth Day Celebration”. Guests will be provided with information about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling and how to make Earth a better place to live this Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Among the opportunities to explore and learn are a California condor station which illustrates the zoo’s critical efforts to bring the largest bird in North America back from the brink of extinction and how we can help by cleaning up microtrash; a “Backyard Safari,” where visitors discover the range of critters living in their own backyards; an opportunity to get up close to a desert tortoise, California’s state reptile, and an interactive puzzle explaining how it has survived for so long as well as what challenges it faces today; “Plant It and They Will Come,” showing how to plant native vegetation that encourages native wildlife; an interactive diorama by Enviroscape, which explains what happens to water, fluids, or chemicals we dump on the ground and where they end up as they travel from homes to the ocean; and a Bat Station, which highlights the different species of bats that visit the zoo.
Other “discovery” stations spotlight exceptional survival adaptations by asking guests to compare their own abilities and senses to those of animals. For example, how does an American black bear’s sense of smell, which is seven times greater than a bloodhound’s, match up to a human’s? And what kind of adaptations would humans need in order to succeed in the big-horn sheep’s rocky environment? All Earth Day Expo activities are included with paid admission to the Los Angeles Zoo, which is $19 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $16 for seniors (ages 62+), and $14 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways at 5333 Zoo Drive. Free parking is available. For information, contact (323)644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org.
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