HAPPY ZOO YEAR: Some notes of thanks to start 2019!

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From all of us at the Los Angeles Zoo, to all our guests who support our mission to protect wildlife and wild spaces here in California and around the world, we look forward to a new year of discovery and inspiration. Here are messages of gratitude from various Zoo departments, plus some previews of what's coming in 2019.

Members’ Zoorific picnic 2018. Photo by Jamie Pham


This year’s Cocktails with the Curator highlighted the Zoo’s chimp family. Photo by Jamie Pham


Bird walks are perennially popular member events! Photo by Matt Carey

From the Membership Team

We'd like to extend a special “Thank You” to our members for your ongoing support and dedication. You made 2018 a year to remember and we look forward to sharing a New Year of inspiration and discovery with you. We hope each and every one of our members will join us for our special Member Appreciation Mornings and Member Appreciation Month in August. Here’s to another great year as part of the Los Angeles Zoo Family!

Collaboration with conservation partners in the U.S. and Mexico is making a positive impact on endangered peninsular pronghorn populations. Photo by Tad Motoyama


The Zoo is able to provide expert support for mountain yellow-legged frog conservation. Photo by Jamie Pham


New ambassador animals help form personal connections between people and wildlife. Photo by Kevin Karzin

From the Animal Care Staff

We had a busy year pursuing our ongoing conservation work saving animals from extinction with our California condor and mountain yellow-legged frog programs here in California, our pronghorn project in Baja California, Mexico, as well as many other programs around the globe. In 2019, we have some terrific new opportunities for you to meet our animals up close-and personal with behind-the-scenes experiences plus keeper chats and ambassador animals throughout the Zoo. We really love sharing the animals and the world with you, our members and biggest fans. We look forward to seeing you here and outside our borders in 2019.

Sustainable Wine+Dinner events are an opportunity for conservation-minded vineyards and wine lovers to enjoy the Zoo. Photo by Jamie Pham

From the Special Events Division

We'd like to thank Zoo and GLAZA staff, as well as our many dedicated volunteers, who have played such an important part in the production of fun and engaging events for all of our Zoo guests in 2018. We would also like to extend a special thanks to all you guests who attended events at the L.A. Zoo, for spending your time with us and supporting our mission. Our hope for 2019 is to continue creating magical moments here at the Zoo to share with all. Keep your eyes open for exciting new happenings to come!

Boo at the L.A. Zoo celebrates the super natural world. Photo by Jamie Pham


Brew at the L.A. Zoo is a summer highlight. Photo by Jamie Pham


Here’s to a new year of discovery! Let the L.A. Zoo enrich your life. Photo by Tad Motoyama

From Former Zoo Director, John Lewis

It has been my great honor to serve as the Zoo's Director for the past decade and a half. We have done some great things together, and I sincerely thank you for your participation and support. After 43 years of doing this wonderful work in zoos across the country, it is now time for me to move on and enjoy the fruits of retirement with my wife and family. With your continued support, and combined stewardship of Zoo and GLAZA staff, the future of the Zoo is bright. Please stay involved— and remember it is your Zoo.