Snow Leopards Make Public Debut

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(CNS) – Two endangered snow leopard cubs born at the Los Angeles Zoo in May made their public debut Tuesday.

The brother and sister cubs, born in May to 3-year-old mother Georgina and 5-year-old father Fred, are the first offspring for the adult snow leopards that were paired together in 2015 as a part of a species survival plan.

The siblings spent several months behind the scenes, bonding with their mother and getting to know the animal care staff, and at four months old, have gained enough strength and coordination to navigate their outdoor habitat, said animal keeper Stephanie Zielinski.

Snow leopards in the wild are found in the mountains of Central Asia throughout 12 countries and can tolerate extreme temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit down to 40 degrees below zero. It is estimated that there are around 2,000 to 7,000 snow leopards left in the wild.

L.A. Zoo Admission Goes Up Saturday

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo will go up by $1 starting Saturday, under action taken today by the City Council.

The council formally approved the hike, which was outlined in the 2017-18 budget passed by the panel and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti last month.

The new prices mean general admission will be $21 for adults, $16 for children ages 2 to 12, and $18 for seniors age 62 and older.

The general admission fees for groups of 15 or more will also be increased by $1 per person, from $17 to $18 for adults and from $14 to $15 for children.

The city has not raised the admission fee at the zoo since a $1 hike was instituted in 2015, but had raised it by $1 every year for eight straight years before then.

Lizards Hatched at L.A. Zoo

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Reptile specialists said on Monday they successfully hatched three Gray’s monitor lizards at the Los Angeles Zoo, which has occurred at only one other zoo in the Western hemisphere.

Births of the species have been rare in captivity. The Dallas Zoo was able to hatch a Gray’s monitor in 1994, but the lizard died soon afterward.

Gray’s monitor lizards had long been considered extinct in the wild until some were discovered in 1975 on islands in the Philippines.

The species is considered one of the largest lizards in Asia, as the reptiles can grow to be six feet long and 20 pounds. The tree-dwelling, olive-green lizards usually dine on fruit and invertebrates.

The zoo’s reptile and amphibian curator, Ian Recchio, said his staff used their knowledge of other

Asian monitor species and Komodo dragons to hatch the Gray’s monitor eggs.

“We were optimistic about the outcome as we watched the eggs develop, and when the first baby hatched to our surprise, it appeared strong and perfectly developed,” he said.

“We have had clutches of eggs in the past, but this has been the healthiest fertile clutch,” Recchio said.

The baby monitors are being cared for at a holding facility outside the zoo. Another clutch is now incubating are expected to hatch in July.

The zoo’s adult Gray’s monitor lizards can be viewed daily at the Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles (LAIR) exhibit.

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