Right now, the Los Angeles Zoo's is celebrating their 50th birthday by turning their annual Wild for the Planet celebration into a month long Earth Day event! Wild for the Planet kicked off this past weekend on Earth day and runs through Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. I love when the Zoo has events, it just makes the whole day even more fun and memorable for the entire family.
Our favorite part of the Wild for the Planet celebrations was the Earth Expo. My girls are drawn to any and everything having to do with the environment. There were several organizations on hand to share valuable educational information about the environment and how you can do your part. Above, you can see we met with the Los Angeles County Fire Department-Forestry Department and learned about the trees and pine cones we could find in our neighboring forests.
At the Planting for Pollinators Station, we learned the importance of Bees, Hummingbirds, Butterflies and BATS! We had never thought of Bats as pollinators before, but now, we're kind of obsessed with the idea of building a Bat house for our yard. We were able to plant and bring home our very own California Poppy to help attract pollinators to Southern California.
This was the Garbage Monster and as you can tell, my little one did not like it. But it is effective, all the trash on the ground ends up in our beautiful oceans and we have to do our part to keep them clean. We also met with Heal the Bay during the Earth Expo and found out that they have beach clean ups the 3rd Saturday of every month.
As part of the "ZooLAbrate" celebrations you can find special entertainment throughout the Zoo for the next few weekends. You will find performances, feedings and animal talks that are both fun and educational. This was the ZooLAbration acrobat show, you can sit in the shade of Eucalyptus Grove and check it out at various times throughout the day.
Aww my little one loves to play veterinarian in the California Condor Rescue Zone. If you haven't checked this out at the Zoo, they are open during the weekends from 10 am - 4 pm and especially during the Summer, it is a nice reprieve from the heat.
Every day of the week, visitors will receive a #SavingsSpecies Activity guide with details on the Zoo's efforts to protect endangered and threatened species here at home and all over the world. The guide also includes learning activities and all of the daily and weekend adventure information.
You can check out all of the Wild for the Planet fun at the Los Angeles Zoo during the weekends of April 29-30, May 6-7, and May 13-14. For more information visit: www.lazoo.org.