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July 14, 2011
L.A.'s appetite for music in unconventional locales apparently knows no bounds, as Silver Lake booking institution the Fold brings eight locals together for Music in the Zoo. Post-punks Abe Vigoda, danceable new-wavers Pollyn and Hands and the teenage rockers Kitten top a nice bill of up-and-comers, but it remains to be seen if the animals will be impressed. Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, L.A. 6 p.m. Fri. $17. (323) 644-6042.
April 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion. Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and water pumps. The $19-million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the last in a series of major projects built under Phase 1 of the 47-year-old facility's master plan.
December 16, 2010
The hotly anticipated new animal habitat Elephants of Asia finally opens to the public, featuring three gentle pachyderm transplants from the San Diego Zoo: Tina, Jewel and 25-year-old Billy. The six-acre exhibit features bathing pools, sandy hills and varied topography, all devoted to exploring the connection between elephants and the cultures of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. Grand opening 10 a.m. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Dec. 25. Adults $14, seniors $11, children 2-12 $9, children younger than 2 free.
April 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Sad news from the San Diego Zoo: a 5-day-old hippo calf died Thursday. The hippo was found by zookeepers in the morning, with its mother, Funani, nearby. Hippo mothers are known to be particularly protective of their young. The male calf was 30-year-old Funani's fifth baby, her first calf since 2011. The calf had gone on exhibit Wednesday with Funani and her mate, Otis, and was said to have been doing well. The river hippopotamus is a threatened species, imperiled in the wild by poachers and predators.
July 29, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A plan to potentially turn over management of the Los Angeles Zoo to a private operator was approved by a City Council committee Thursday. If the plan gets the OK of the full council next month, the city could start soliciting proposals from prospective operators by the end of this year. But council members also made a new request that could put a snag in privatization plans. They have asked city analysts to see whether any changes could be made to save money — and keep the zoo under city management.
February 27, 1996
I, along with several of my classmates, would like to see the Los Angeles Zoo become the Los Angeles Sanctuary, a place of refuge for abused, neglected and displaced wildlife.
April 1, 2010
The annual Big Bunny's Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo features three days of rabbit-related fun. Kids can pet and learn about real bunnies, watch live entertainment, plant carrot seeds, make their own bunny ears and take pictures with Big Bunny himself (for a nominal fee). Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Free with zoo admission (adults, $13; seniors, $10; children 2-12, $8; children under 2, free). (323) 644-4200.
October 19, 2011 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
People who love the Los Angeles Zoo get excited about any new animal — be it tiger cub, former circus elephant or Komodo dragon hatchling. So imagine the thrill of 66 new arrivals at one time, among them a Channel Island fox, a baby rhinoceros, a lioness, three racehorses and … a unicorn. All the animals, including the mythical one, have found a home in the zoo's newest habitat — the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, which will open to the public Oct. 27. PHOTOS: Colorful carousel The hope is that the colorful new attraction will be a big draw and — at $3 for a three-minute ride — generate cash for the zoo for years to come.
September 23, 1990
I find the apparent lack of concern for the well-being of the animals at the Los Angeles Zoo utterly appalling. Put Thomas in the elephant compound for a week and I bet he would clean up the zoo. TARA A. KLORA Los Angeles
March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Two 15-year-old African lions will make their public debuts Friday at the Los Angeles Zoo after being introduced to their new exhibit earlier in the week, officials announced. Hubert and Kalisa, which have been together for 10 years, hail from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. They mark the return of lions to the L.A. Zoo since Cookie, suffering from cancer, was put down in 2012. She was 23 years old. A year earlier, Cookie's male companion, Lionel, also 23, died after developing neurological and other issues.
March 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Animal lovers from around the world will have a chance to view the release of four endangered California condors Tuesday morning, thanks to another new webcam that will live stream the event online. At 10 a.m. PDT, Ventana Wildlife Society biologists in collaboration with the Oakland Zoo will swing open an enclosure door and watch as the condors transition into the wild. There will be two cams up and running, viewable here and here . But in a news release, Ventana Wildlife Society Executive Director Kelly Sorenson tried to temper expectations.
March 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
November 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Jenny Chung is looking at the elephant that killed her sister, a well-known veterinarian in New Zealand who devoted years to the elephant's care after she was rescued from a touring circus. Chung has no anger toward Mila, the 7,600-pound African elephant with thoughtful eyes, stubby tusks, and hair on her back that turns reddish from "dirt baths. " "She never meant to hurt Helen, I'm convinced of that," Chung said. "She's lovely and she deserves to live like an elephant.
November 6, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Los Angeles Zoo this week announced its first birth of a rare okapi -- also known as a forest giraffe. The calf was born Aug. 26 but until now was kept out of public view while it bonded with his mother. Okapis are shy, with velvety fur, zebra-like black and white strips on their legs, and a prehensile tongue that can be as long as 18 inches, according to the zoo. They are the closest living relative to the giraffe and are found in the forests of Central Africa. Adult okapis grow to more than 6 feet tall and weigh between 400 and 700 pounds.
October 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As human understanding of elephants has evolved, so has our treatment of them. Zoos decades ago freed these largest of land mammals from standing for hours in chains on arthritis-inducing concrete. Also gone from many zoos is the bullhook, an instrument that resembles a fireplace poker that is used to poke, prod or strike an elephant. Although the blunt end can be used as a lead for an elephant, the sharp end makes it a tool of coercion. The Los Angeles Zoo stopped using the bullhook in any manner in 2010.
October 22, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo is trying to raise the population of female Komodo dragons, a giant and endangered lizard, by using a DNA test originally devised to identify the gender of bird eggs. Swelling the female ranks would help close a gender gap in captive dragons in North America, which is home to 71 males, 46 females and six of the giant lizards whose sex remains unknown. It would also move the species closer to a self-sustaining and genetically diverse population, which scientists believe they would reach with 75 males and 75 females.
July 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
After a more than two-year separation due to parenthood, the San Diego Zoo's resident hippopotamuses, Otis and Funani, are together again in their 150,000-gallon pool. The two were kept apart after zookeepers decided it was unwise to have Otis near the couple's calf, Adhama, born in January 2011. But on June 13, the 1869-pound Adhama, as planned, was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo. On Tuesday, Otis (at 3,900 pounds) and Funani (a slim 3,600 pounds) were reunited in their pool.
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