Another year has come and gone and it’s time once again for the year-end rituals that signal a new cycle of life. Reindeer have arrived and L.A. Zoo Lights is in full swing, with an even grander display to illuminate your holidays. And, as you and your family ring out the old and ring in the new, I want to thank you for your support of this institution.
The frenzy that accompanies the seasonal arrival of reindeer at the L.A. Zoo is a tradition that goes back years. But did you know that the relationship between humans and these iconic caribou goes back many millennia?
The connections we form with animals are special. They may differ from the bonds that develop with other humans, but they can affect us and enrich our lives just as deeply. The loss on November 29 of Pandora, 50-year-old matriarch of the L.A. Zoo’s chimpanzee troop, was felt powerfully by her simian and human family.