Sandy Masuo

Sandy Masuo

Sandy Masuo is the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's associate editor in the Publications Division in addition to being a pop culture journalist, educator, horticulturalist, and published novelist. Her debut novel – a murder mystery set in a zoo – is entitled Unnatural Selection: Lessons of Life and Death on the Paper Trail and was published last year under the nom de plume Rosana DuMas.

August 31, 2017

When School’s Out, Take a Trek on the Wild Side

For working parents, unassigned days at school can be a real challenge. Which is why we created Safari Days.
August 2, 2017

Have You Herd? There’s a New Arrival at Elephants of Asia

Bringing Shaunzi to the Zoo was the culmination of an extensive, multifaceted effort. But it’s just the beginning of the 46-year-old female elephant’s L.A. story. Get an inside look at the planning that went into her move from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and the process – now underway – of getting her acclimated to a new home and herd.
August 2, 2017

Weekend Celebration Offers New Views on Elephants

Once a year, we invite visitors to tour our immense state-of-the-art elephant barn to learn about elephant care, nutrition, and – yes – poop.
August 2, 2017

In the Field: Halting Elephant–Human Conflict

Chili pepper could be a key ingredient in an ingenious solution for saving elephants in Africa.
June 29, 2017

The Chickens Have Landed: New Flock to Muriel’s Ranch

Chickens are having a moment. Increased demand for locally sourced eggs has spurred interest in backyard coops to the point where many of us either know someone with a flock of their own, or tend one ourselves. And yet how much do we really know about the most common bird on Earth, which was first domesticated from the southern Asian junglefowl 6,000 years ago? Our staff explore the wonderful ubiquity and mystery of chickens during the process of bringing these feathered favorites back to the L.A. Zoo after a seven-year absence.
June 29, 2017

The Legendary Chicken Lady of Martha’s Vineyard

When Animal Keeper Ginger Paschall learned that the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo would be acquiring a flock of chickens, the story of New England folk hero Nancy Luce, the Chicken Lady of Martha’s Vineyard, promptly came to mind.

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