Thursday, January 28, 2010

LA Zoo offers "Sex and the City Zoo for Valentine's Day



A "SEX AND THE CITY ZOO" afternoon on Sunday, February 14 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. celebrating animal mating, dating and cohabitating includes a provocative "birds and bees" presentation, a chocolate and champagne reception and a walking tour of the Zoo highlighting its most famous (and infamous) animal couples.

GLAZA's original gift idea for Valentine's Day spotlights its "ADOPT" AN ANIMAL program which provides the opportunity to become an "adoptive" parent to one of the Zoo's treasured animals while helping to protect and preserve endangered species. (ADOPT is an acronym for Animals Depend on People, Too.)

In celebration of the Number One ADOPTed species, GLAZA presents a special Valentine's Day ADOPT package for $65 (tax deductible!), including an adorable plush baby koala with its very own passport tag (while supplies last), a Koala fact sheet and photo; an official personalized ADOPT certificate, and an animal ADOPT car decal. Other species are available to ADOPT for gifts in prices starting at $35.

MORE ABOUT "SEX AND THE CITY ZOO""SEX AND THE CITY ZOO" begins at 2:30 p.m. with walking tours followed by the chocolate and champagne reception, after which Los Angeles Zoo former curator Mike Dee leads the "birds and bees" presentation. Sparkling wines for "Sex and the City Zoo" are generously provided by Ballatore. Proceeds from this event support the Zoo's mission of wildlife preservation and conservation.

Tickets are $25 per person for GLAZA members, and $35 per person for non members. (Adults only.) Seating is limited, and reservations are required by February 10. Call 323 644-6042 or visit for online reservations.

By choosing a favorite animal at the Zoo, gift recipients are designated a guardian of that species at the Los Angeles Zoo for one year. Benefits for all donation levels, ranging from $35 to $1,000, include a personalized adoption certificate and animal fact sheet with a photo of the animal "ambassador." One-of-a-kind benefits are available at other levels.

Donors of $500 or more are entitled to a special, private docent-guided walking tour of the Zoo, and donors of $1,000 or more are invited to a private, customized, docent-led cart tour to visit some of the Zoo's animal couples.

As a bonus, the gift-giver joins the growing family of wildlife defenders who contribute to the Los Angeles Zoo's Endangered Species Fund and who advance the cause of wildlife preservation and conservation at the Zoo and around the world. What's more, the donation is tax-deductible.

For more information, call 323 644-6035 or visit

These programs are among the many offerings presented by the private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, founded in 1963.

This year marks more than four decades of GLAZA's success in supporting the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden's work as an educational resource for the citizens of Los Angeles, and as an international center for the conservation of endangered wildlife. GLAZA provides funds and other services for Los Angeles Zoo exhibits, conservation, capital projects, education programs, community outreach, research, and more through fund-raising and an endowment, membership, special events and more.

GLAZA currently has 65,000 member households, the second largest membership base of a cultural organization in Los Angeles. Many of its nearly 300,000 individual members have sustained their GLAZA support for more than 20 years.

The Los Angeles Zoo is an international leader in the conservation of endangered species and one of the city's major cultural and entertainment resources.The Los Angeles Zoo, which is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

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