For families: Draw a California condor with a Disney artist!
Yes, *you* can learn how to draw a critically endangered California condor from a real Disney artist, Brian Kesinger! Visit the Walk for the Wild playlist on our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/LAZooYouTube_WalkForTheWild and look for the "L.A. Zoo Presents Draw-Along with Brian Kesinger: California Condor" video. Once you've completed your masterpiece, share it here on the scrapbook or on social media using #WalkForTheWild. We'd love to see it!
May 22, 14:20 pm EST
Conservation Destination #7: West Java, Indonesia
Earlier this week, we made it to West Java, where the Cikananga Breeding Center breeds critically endangered Javan warty pigs, black-winged starlings, and other local species at risk of extinction. The goal? Release these animals into safe habitats in their native ranges. To learn more about Cikananga and other Zoo-supported field efforts, go to https://www.lazoo.org/save-wildlife/what-we-do/in-the-field/field-study-grants/. Thank you for walking with us and for helping to support this very important work!
May 22, 14:12 pm EST
Hiking in the Beautify Santa Monica Mountains
I love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, my husband and son are training for Philmont and I am training for Kilimanjaro. What better way to celebrate GLAZA than Walk for the Wild where we can raise money and exercise.
May 17, 13:24 pm EST
Conservation Destination #6: Tamil Nadu, India
Walkers! Last week, thanks to your collective efforts, we reached our sixth destination, in India, where incredible, Zoo-supported work is being done to save the critically endangered India gharial. To get up-close views of Indian gharials in action at the L.A. Zoo, visit the Walk for the Wild YouTube playlist (https://bit.ly/LAZooYouTube_WalkForTheWild) and look for the videos "L.A. Zoo Welcomes Critically Endangered Indian Gharials" and "Gharial Feeding at the L.A. Zoo."
May 17, 12:07 pm EST
Conservation Destination #5: Amakhala Game Reserve
Last week, we reached our fifth destination, in South Africa, where our partner Global Conservation Force has established and trained an equine anti-poaching unit that keepers rhinos and other at-risk wildlife safe. To see the work being done by GCF at Amakhala Reserve, visit the Walk for the Wild YouTube playlist (https://bit.ly/LAZooYouTube_WalkForTheWild) and look for two videos featuring L.A. Animal Keeper and GCF Director Roxane Losey, "L.A. Zoo Keeper Trains Anti-Poaching Rangers" and "L.A. Zoo Keeper Interviews Anti-Poaching Rangers." Enjoy!
May 17, 12:00 pm EST
In our email about conservation destination #3, the Paraguayan Chaco, we mentioned that zoo-based breeding programs like ours were part of the multifaceted approach to saving the endangered Chacoan peccary. In honor of our breeding successes, we wanted to share this sweet #throwback photo of peccary piglets. Enjoy!
May 11, 11:36 am EST
Conservation Destination #4: The Congo Rainforest
Walkers! Thanks to everyone's collective efforts, we arrived at the Democratic Republic of Congo a few days ago. There, the Gorilla Rehabilitation & Conservation Education (GRACE) program is working to save one of the most endangered primates on the planet, the Grauer’s gorilla. The L.A. Zoo has worked closely with GRACE for years, and, not only is our Director of Animal Programs Beth Schaefer on GRACE's board of directors, the Zoo's CEO and Director Denise Verret is as well. To learn more about GRACE's incredible work, visit GraceGorillas.org.
May 11, 11:32 am EST
Conservation destination #3: The Paraguayan Chaco
Walkers, we've made it to the third destination on our journey, the Paraguayan Chaco, home of the endangered Chacoan peccary. Check your email for more on this destination and the species-saving efforts of the Proyecto Tagua program.
May 5, 15:52 pm EST
Video: Frog release in the San Gabriel Mountains
Learn about what goes into breeding southern mountain yellow-legged tadpoles and releasing them into Devil's Canyon and other San Gabriel Mountain habitats by going to our Walk for the Wild playlist on YouTube at http://bit.ly/LAZooYouTube_WalkForTheWild and looking for the "L.A. Zoo Releases Hundreds of Endangered Tadpoles" video. You'll meet our Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates Ian Recchio and see the Zoo team and our partners in action!
Apr 27, 17:10 pm EST
For families: Meet Monty the southern mountain yellow-legged frog
Attention parents with kids who are participating in Walk for the Wild: The whole family can learn fun and fascinating facts about our first featured animal, the southern mountain yellow-legged frog, by visiting the Walk for the Wild playlist on our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/LAZooYouTube_WalkForTheWild and looking for the "L.A. ZOO-m Animal Chat with Swazzle ft Monty the Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog" video produced in partnership with our friends at Swazzle Puppet Theater. Hop on over!
Apr 27, 16:58 pm EST
Conservation destination #2: Vizcaino Desert Biosphere
Walkers, we've made it to the second destination on our journey, Vizcaino Desert Biosphere in Baja California, Mexico. Check your email for more on this destination and the featured animal, the critically endangered berrendo (aka peninsular pronghorn).
Apr 27, 13:45 pm EST
Our first conservation destination: Devil's Canyon
Congratulations! Collectively, we've reached Devil's Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains, home of the critically endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frog. Check your email for details and a postcard!
Apr 26, 12:56 pm EST
Don't Miss the Opening Ceremony!
It's Earth Day, which means the Walk for the Wild fitness challenge has officially kicked off! View the opening ceremony at our YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/WFTW-Opening-YouTube) or event web page (www.lazoo.org/walkforthewild) today. It's got info and the inspo to get you moving.
Apr 22, 13:19 pm EST