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Los Angeles Zoo- Jen Hinerman

Reviewed by: Jen Hinerman, Biology and Physiology Teacher at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, CA
Location: LA Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 133 acre complex that houses 1,100 animals, representing 250 species, and over 800 different species of plants.  The zoo is run by GLAZA (the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association), a non-profit organization that has been in effect since 1963.   Today GLAZA provides support through memberships, fundraising, special events, and publications.  GLAZA is also responsible for coordinating one of the largest zoo volunterr programs in the country.
The zoo is wheel chair and stroller accessible and both can be rented ($6 for stroller, $25 for electric wheel chair).
A biology student would benefit because they will examine the adaptations of animals from specific biomes.  Students will analyze the adapations the animal has based on the biotic and abiotic factors present in the biomes, including environement, weather, food options and predators. 
Science Concepts Addressed:
  • Natural selection and Adaptation: Students will look at the adaptations that the animals have based on the evironment that they live in
  • Biomes: Students will examine all the major biomes, including the abiotic and biotic factors and the plant and animal life that they support
  • Ecology: Students will look at specific ecosystems and the species that play a part in the food web.
Study Guide:  Students will be chosing a Biome to focus on prior to the fieldtrip (on the bus to the zoo or the day before in class).  Students will need to find 3 animals that live in the biome and examine the adaptations of those animals that help them survive in their biome as well as look at the plants in the habitats and how they relate to the animals' adaptation.  Students will finish there fieldtrip guide with a food chain and food web based on the three animals. 

Image of the Zoo map


Zoo Fieldtrip pictures.wmv

For additional information:  

Student Handouts on Biomes

Jennifer Hinerman,
Nov 9, 2011, 8:59 AM