LA Zoo

Duttonhaver Conservation Field Studies Scholarship
Since the inception of the scholarship, 65 students have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in adn Earthwatch Expedition.  The fully funded trip allows Zoo Magnet Students to work alongside scientists in the field.  Expeditions have taken our students an a river boat on the Peruvian Amazon to study pink river dolphins, into the French Pyrenees and Ecuador's Cloud Forest to study the impacts of climate change, and South Africa to study primates.  Meet Melissa Ruiz, Zoo Magnet Class of 2017 and Duttonhaver Field Studies Program Recipient.  Melissa studied Elephants and Sustainable Agriculture in Kenya.  Find out how this experience changed Melissa's life.


LA Zoo Research Internship
As a Research Intern, students work with Dr. Cathleen Cox, Director of Research at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Research Interns are trained to assist in various research projects. Skills such as data collection and entry are often put to use. With guidance, interns are expected to identify and recognize different behaviors displayed by the species. Students map exhibits, collect and catalog data from ethology studies to monitor the health and safety of the animals in the LA Zoo. Past project have included servals, mandrills and chimpanzees: ensuring the animals are not experiencing high stress levels, determining the success of Introducing new animals into exhibits, and assessing the safety of new feeding behaviors. Our research interns for the 2017-2018 are juniors Samantha Neuah and Alan Morales.

LA Zoo Graphics Internship
Teresa Perez works in the Zoo's Graphics Department. Her internship requires her to research information on animals, draw, paint, digitally manipulate art, and help install art work in the Zoo. Her strong work ethic, experience in Digital Imaging, proficiency in Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator and her love for digital art and sketching made her an ideal candidate. Learn more about the Graphics Internship in An Interview with Teresa Perez.

Animal Husbandry
Animal husbandry is the care, management and breeding of domesticated animals. In our course, students get the unique opportunity of caring for exotic animals in the LA Zoo as a zookeeping intern.  Husbandry students are paired with a zookeeper to assist in maintaining enclosures, food preparation, providing enrichment and any other duties needed to care for the animals.
We offer approximately 25 "strings" per semester.

Danielle Garcia is one of our Animal Husbandry students. She has worked with an equestrian program called Taking the Reins for 6 years working with horses, goats, turkeys, bunnies, chickens and sheep. She's been involved in competitive horse judging and hippology at a national level for 4 years and now she gets to work with the Asian Elephants. Learn more about Danielle's first week in Husbandry when she gets to meet the LA Zoo's new female elephant, Shaunzi!

Interested in Learning more about our strings?  Read articles from our students.
Aquatics with Damaris Carranza
Avian Conservation Center with Pablo Velasco
Bird Show with Cassandra Hernandez
Bongos with Sophia Galindo
Cassowary with Monica Shelly
Chimpanzees with Gillian Tanda
Contact String (Petting Zoo) with Damaris Carranza
Elephants with Danielle Garcia
Giraffe with Cory Rangel 
Gorillas with Grady Johnson
Hillside with Ryan Iwata
Jaguar with Nicolette Del Barrio
Kudu String with Gabe Lizer
Koalas with Janelle Yanez
Nursery with Liam Shahaf
River Otters
South America String with Pablo Velasco
Upper Flight
Wild Dogs
Zebra with Nita McHugh