50 Years of Nurturing Wildlife & Enriching the Human Experience

50 Milestones

Take a look back at just some of the many remarkable animals, conservation achievements, firsts, innovations, partnerships, friends, and advocates that have made the Zoo what it is now: something to ZooLAbrate. 

Fabulous Faces

The animals in this portrait gallery aren't just beautiful or charming or cute or quirky. They and many others have helped define the L.A. Zoo over the last half-century – inspiring great work at the Zoo and vital conservation efforts in the field.

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#MyLAZoo Memories

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Help tell the rich, wonderful, diverse, fascinating, touching, inspiring, and, yes, even funny story of the L.A. Zoo.

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Ellen Weitzel - A day at the zoo with my granddaughter Ofelia. She loved seeing all the animals and getting her face painted!

Crystal Flores - Our daughter Marie at the petting zoo, patting a goat with her dad.

Daniel Ruiz - My son Max was so fascinated in visiting the Zoo this day. We've since became family members and it never gets old!

Rashid Ocheltree - This is a picture of the animal rides at the Zoo. They had camels and an elephant.

Ann Hatzopoulos - 1968 LA Zoo "dial-a-map"

Craig Newsom - Opening day passport.

Antonieta Munoz - I remember the Los Angeles Zoo in the 70s when you could feed the animals and pet them. I also remember the flamingo exhibit which is different from today.


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  • Wild for the Planet

    April 22 – May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Our half-century milestone is as much about the future as it is about the past, so it’s fitting that the biggest Anniversary Party of the year coincides with our month-long Earth Day celebration. Join us for conservation spotlights through our #SAVINGSPECIES guide daily, and spectacular live entertainment, special keeper talks, eco stations, and conservation activities on weekends. Free with paid admission or GLAZA membership.

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  • Sustainable Wine+Dinner III

    Thursday, April 27, 6-9 p.m.

    Malibu Wines (Malibu)

    As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we’ve debuted a series of evenings that puts a spotlight on the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in engaging new ways, partnering with local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom five-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson. The April event takes place among the terraces of Mahale Mountain – with magnificent views of giraffes and chimpanzees – and a conservation conversation with noted wildlife ecologist Anthony J. Giordano.

    Lecture: Happy Trails – Enjoy wines of the biodiverse Santa Monica Mountains while learning about the importance of protected migration paths for the region's native wildlife.

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  • Sustainable Wine+Dinner IV

    Thursday, May 11, 6-9 p.m.

    Palumbo Wines (Temecula)

    The series continues with gourmet food and wine pairings along with stunning views and up-close animal encounters in the Amazonian stilthouse of Rainforest of the Americas and a presentation by the L.A. Zoo's Curator of Birds, Mike Maxcy.

    Lecture: Birds of a Feather – This special dinner experience includes a presentation about sustainable farming practices and the importance of animals such as raptors – with an appearance by some of our fine, feathered residents.

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  • Beastly Ball

    May 20, 6 p.m.

    Join us at Los Angeles’ favorite gala as we celebrate the L.A. Zoo’s 50th Anniversary and look to the future. Stroll throughout the Zoo grounds while visiting with the animals, enjoying music, sampling fine cuisine from some of the best restaurants in town, and bidding on silent auction items. GLAZA Trustee and rock legend Slash, accompanied by some very special friends, will close the evening with an exclusive concert under the stars.

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