From primates such as mandrills and langurs to felines like snow leopards, the Zoo’s recent baby boom has started a baby fever in Los Angeles. These captivating youngsters are energetic and inspiring; they represent the tireless efforts of conservationists both here at the Zoo and around the globe, and they bolster our hope for a sustainable future. Plus, they’re darn cute.
“It’s such an honor to be able to educate the public and give them the opportunity to observe this elusive species here in Los Angeles.”
Some of the Zoo’s most charismatic new residents are the snow leopards. The two cubs, a male and a female, are the first offspring for their parents, Fred and Georgina, who were paired together in July 2015 as part of a Species Survival Plan. “There is less known about these beautiful cats than most of the other large cat species due to the extreme habitat in which snow leopards have evolved to live in the wild,” comments Animal Keeper Stephanie Zielinski. “This is why it’s such an honor to be able to educate the public and give them the opportunity to observe this elusive species here in Los Angeles.”
Safari Society donors at the $5,000 Jaguar Jamboree level and above have a special opportunity to meet these rambunctious felines during an early morning baby viewing hosted by the newborns’ caretakers. This intimate event is limited to 20 attendees and is held before the Zoo opens. “Being able to talk to keepers and hear about the unique personalities of the babies is a real treat,” says Safari Society Associate Director Robin Savoian. “It’s fantastic to see people connect with these amazing animals and learn more about the L.A. Zoo’s role in wildlife conservation.”
GLAZA’s Safari Society donors (annual gifts at levels starting at $1,500) help advance the education and conservation mission of the Zoo, providing funds to help maintain various programs across the park and beyond. For more information about Safari Society and its numerous special benefits, or to upgrade your support to attend this event, phone the Safari Society Access Line at 323/644-4717 or email.