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LAZOO_110726_297.JPG: The kids watching went kind of crazy when this couple started doing their thing. She wasn't interested.
LAZOO_110726_473.JPG: Totem Pole
donated by Riley "Jungle Boy" Kershaw
LAZOO_110726_680.JPG: The Elephant Parade at the Los Angeles Zoo adds an artistic perspective and community aspect to our celebration of Elephants of Asia. In addition to being visually pleasing, the artwork also represents the respective cultures of the countries featured in this extraordinary exhibit: Cambodia, China, India, and Thailand.
The Elephant Parade consists of nine vibrantly painted fiberglass elephants that lead Zoo visitors to the new habitat. The models stand approximately five and half feet tall and have been placed in several locations throughout the Zoo.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens worked with the City of Los Angeles's Cultural Affairs Department in selecting amazing artists to represent the countries and cultures highlighted here.
Two painted elephant sculptures represent each country -- Cambodia, China, India, and Thailand. The ninth elephant represents the Earth's intricate web of life, depicting animals and plants from habitats around the world. We hope that this pachyderm parade enhances your experience in Elephants of Asia.
LAZOO_110726_702.JPG: Galapagos Tortoise
by Joseph Martinek, 1972
LAZOO_110726_766.JPG: The Selig ZOo Statues:
Fifteen elephant and lion statues originally adorned the entrance of the first zoo in Los Angeles, the Selig Zoo in Lincoln Park, founded by "Colonel" William Selig, a film producer from Chicago. Selig's zoo housed many animals that were featured in films of the era, and was used as a location for movies such as the first Tarzan film.
Produced by sculptor Carlo Romanelli in 1915, the statues were grouped above the Mission-Revival style entrance to the zoo until they were lost in the 1950s. The statues were rediscovered in 2000 and donated to the Zoo by Larry Davis. Restoration work on the figures was generously funded by a gift from the American Family Foundation and artfully completed by Griswold Conservation Associates.
Restoration Funded by American Family Foundation.
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Wikipedia Description: Los Angeles Zoo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Los Angeles Zoo (formally the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens), is a 113-acre (46 ha) zoo founded in 1966 and located in Los Angeles, California. The City of Los Angeles owns the entire zoo, its land and facilities, and the animals. Animal care, grounds maintenance, construction, education, public information, and administrative staff are city employees.
History and overview:
The zoo, located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,100 animals from around the world. The first zoo opened in 1912 and was about two miles (3.2 km) south of its current site until about 1965. Remnants of the zoo remain and were used in the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The site of the current zoo was formerly the location of Rodger Young Village, which was itself built on the land which had been used for the Griffith Park Aerodrome.
It has been successful in its breeding program of the rare California Condor, helping to grow the number of condors in the world from a low of 22 in the 1980s to over 330 today. It is one of the few zoos worldwide to contain Mountain Tapir.
In the 1971 20th Century Fox film Escape from the Planet of the Apes, the characters Zira and Cornelius are briefly quarantined at the Los Angeles Zoo.
In 1998, the zoo opened Chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, followed by Red Ape RainForest in 2000, The Komodo Dragon Exhibit, The Winnick Family Children Zoo in 2001, The Entry Plaza, Children's Discovery Centre and Sea Lion Cliffs (Now Sea Life Cliffs) in 2005, Campo Gorilla Reserve in November 2007, And Elephants of Asia in Winter 2010.
The zoo is open from 10am–5pm every day of the year except December 25.
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association:
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) was created in 1963 and is a nonprofit corporation created to support the Los Angeles Zoo in its mission to nurture wildlife and enrich the human experience. GLAZA's primary responsibility is to seek and provide financial support for the zoo’s programs and capital projects. GLAZA also provides support through membership, organizing special events and travel programs, producing award-winning publications, coordinating one of the largest zoo volunteer programs in the country, administering the contract for visitor services concessions within the zoo, and supporting community relations, and public relations.
In 2002, the zoo became a certified Botanical Gardens and the official name of the institution was changed to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Spread throughout zoo grounds, there are 15 different collections, highlighting over 800 different plant species, with a total of over 7,400 individual plants.
Gottlieb Animal Health and Conservation Center
Named after philanthropists Robert and Suzanne Gottlieb, the Gottlieb Animal Health and Conservation Center is a 33,589-square-foot (3,100 m2) facility situated in a restricted area in the upper reaches of the zoo. Among other features, it includes a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, an on-site commissary, a surgical suite with observation area, and research facilities. In 2007 the facility handled 853 medical cases. The smallest patient treated was a spider tortoise (0.08 kg) and the largest was an Asian elephant (4,826 kg).
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