Animals have forever fascinated me. I can spend hours in a zoo just admiring the various creatures in their artificial habitats. But I have always felt the need to do more than admire them and actually contribute towards their well-being. Courtesy, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Associations’ Safari Club, people like me now have the opportunity to help grow the oasis of animal and plant life, give back to the community, and participate in GLAZA’s conservation and breeding programs for endangered species. By donating money to the various programs, you can become part of the various “circles” of the zoo’s association and actually get an opportunity to make a difference to the zoo’s animals and enjoy some behind-the-scene perks from the zoo.
Your circle and perks will vary according to your donations, like Australian Outback Circle members ($1500 donation) enjoy scavenger hunts in the zoo, behind-the-scenes parties, and Zoo Director’s private gatherings with wildlife experts. South American Wildlands Circle members ($3000) get a private animal encounter and tour for six, the Himalayan Mountain Circle members ($5000) get a private “Animals & You” presentation for 12. If you join the Indonesian Rain Forest Circle ($10,000), you can have the ZooMobile visit your favorite school or senior center. But the crème-de-la-crème has to be the Animal Naming program, where folks who donate over $50,000 are allowed to name the animals in the zoo.
You can also contribute to capital projects, a commemorative bench, or even one of the hand-carved, hand-painted wooden animal figures made by Ohio’s Carousel Works on the new Moss Family Conservation Carousel.
And the best parts, most of the contributions are tax deductible! For more info click here.