Jewish Journal

Los Angeles Zoo

by Joy Bennett

October 2, 2013 | 12:42 am

Handler and parrot at Los Angeles Zoo, September 28, 2013

Last Saturday a neighbor friend and I were happy to attend the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA's) Sunset Safari event.  We were treated to a visit of the zoo and saw lots of animals, had dinner, and there were also several bands with live musicians.  We got to explore the zoo after hours and meet some of their staff, and I even met the very genial Zoo Director, John Lewis.  This special and most enjoyable evening is a benefit of the zoo's SAFARI CLUB, an upper-level giving society of GLAZA, the zoo's support organization.

GLAZA (the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association) is a private, non-profit organization supporting the Los Angeles Zoo.  GLAZA funds plant and animal exhibits, works on species conservation, capital projects, educational outreach, etc., and also has a huge volunteer corp of more than 800 individuals.  For more information about the zoo or GLAZA, visit www.lazoo.org/support.

The evening featured delicious food, lots of live music, dancing, and the most wonderful chance to see various animals up close.  Above is a picture of a beautiful parrot with his handler, the animals were very fun to photograph up close.  If you would like to see more animal photos, visit my main website joybennett.com and look under the entry for October 2, 2013. 

Make sure you take a trip out to the Zoo sometime soon, it's great fun and very educational for kids of all ages.

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Joy Bennett is a writer living in Santa Monica, California.  She is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and is a contributor to the...

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