The amazing new Los Angeles Zoo renovations that are so worth the visit.
I’ve always loved the zoo – school visits, family outings, or simple art excursions, it’s always a great day. This could be me being an education nerd – I spent a good chunk of my day talking about cool tech additions they could use as a way increasing visibility and audience interactivity – but the new additions to the zoo are the areas that really deserve attention.
There are many who – rightfully so – dislike zoos for the same reasons many now avoid Sea World; enclosures are too small and they don’t fit the needs of animals whose natures’ dictate room to move and, in many cases, hunt. While the hunting issues can’t really be fixed in any publicly approved ways – no animals released to be attacked in the paddock, but they do hide food for predators to have to hunt down before they can eat – in terms of space, the Los Angeles’ zoo has been going leaps and bounds to improve the situation.
A few years ago, this dealt with updating the reptile house but, most recently, was the opening of Rain Forests of America – the new otter enclosure.
This enclosure houses a single family of otters which has been growing rapidly since the opening of this amazing space – happy otters = otter babies. Filled with a rushing river slide, large diving space and plenty of land to sunbath on, this is the most spectacular area I’ve ever seen in a zoo.
Anyone who has been disappointed with this zoo in the past should see this enclosure and the work being done to improve the lives of the animals housed here.
Whenever there is extra money or donations made, those funds are put into improving habitats. One serious show of trust in the reintroduction of Australian animals – Australia is extremely selective in where their zoos send animals.
And don’t forget, it’s summer so you should definitely check out the events calendar – Brew at the LA Zoo (for adults only) and music events like Friday music shows as part of the Roaring Nights series.
Finally, don’t forget other local treasures you can hit in one go – such as Travel Town Railroad and Shakespeare in the Park in Griffith Park throughout the summer (this year it’s Richard III and The Tempest).
Below are a few more pictures but if you are in LA – visiting or just home – locked in like I am – I really can’t recommend a visit enough. It’s summer and gets busy so don’t forget you can download digital tickets online even on location!
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