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LA Zoo entrance

L.A. Zoo Visit

To celebrate Disneynature BEARS opening April 18th, we visited the L.A. Zoo while on our recent press trip. It was so exciting and I learned a ton about the different animals they have at the L.A. Zoo and the work they do to educate the public.

In some of the pictures you’ll see Amber, she’s one of the cubs in the Disneynature BEARS movie. Keep an eye out for my movie review on Friday.

condor collage la zoo

One of the first places we stepped into was the California Condor Rescue Zone.

The CCRZ is a fun, facilitated play space designed for children ages six and up. In an exciting immersive environment, children discover what it takes to protect California condors, and the important role the LA Zoo plays in saving this amazing species.

condor amber

Inside the Rescue Zone we met Dolly, a California Condor who was rehabilitated at the L.A. Zoo. Also, while we were there I got to sit inside a Condor Egg! How amazingly cool is that? It’s HUGE!

condor egg

We stopped by and talked with the Giraffe Keeper and learned about about what she does on a daily basis. They are such gorgeous creatures.

Giraffe Collage LA Zoo

We met Randa, the Indian Rhino who is a cancer survivor. You’ll see in the pictures that she no longer has her horn, but she is cancer free. They even put sunscreen on her!

Rhino Collage

When talking with the keeper of the Giant Otters, it was interesting to hear what she feeds them. Included in their diet is a whole coconut?!? They can actually crack it open and eat it! Of course, looking at the teeth on the baby otter you can see why.

 The giant otter is the largest otter species. Sea otters can be a little heavier but have shorter and wider bodies than the giant otter.

giant otter Collage

It took a few minutes to get Ranger the Bear to start moving towards us. His keeper threw walnuts into the grass to get the bear interested in moving around so we could see how big he was. Isn’t he amazing? I just don’t want to get too close!

Bear Collage LA Zoo

We were able to watch the two hippos get a little snack. The keepers were feeding them lettuce.

The hippo can remain submerged water for five minutes at a time, closing its ears and nostrils. With eyes, ears, and nostrils on the top of the head, hippos are able to hear, see, and breathe while most of their body is submerged.

hippo la zoo

Did someone say chimpanzee? Check out these awesome creatures.

Chimpanzees are more than 98% identical to humans genetically. They’re more closely related to us than they are to gorillas.

Chimpanzee Collage

It wasn’t all about the animals, we actually got to ride on the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.

Special features include over 64 hand-carved wooden figures, exquisitely conceived and painted art work representing the flora and fauna of California, and two universally accessible standing chariots.

Carousel Collage

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nature bears poster

Don’t miss the new movie, Disneynature BEARS opening Friday, April 18th.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” is in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

PHOTO: DISNEY
PHOTO: DISNEY

Want a Disneynature BEARS cub?

The Disney Store will contribute $1 to the NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION for every BEARS plush purchased between now and 5/11/14. Choose from Amber or Scout.

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Enter to WIN an Alex Woo Silver Necklace (Ends 4/18)

Disclosure: This was included as part of an all expense paid press trip. I received no monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are completely my own.

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*All facts in article were taken from the LA Zoo Website.

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