Zoo Garden Tours
Docent, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Los Angeles, CA
Plants have their stories just as animals do. Tours of the Zoo gardens offer an opportunity for Zoo visitors to learn these stories about the plants in the gardens that form the Zoo complex. Plant tours also highlight the bond between animals, plants and their environment. Particular plants may be key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem and the well-being of animals within it. This can reinforce the importance of preserving the entire ecosystem as part of the conservation efforts to protect vulnerable animals. The garden tours also celebrate the diversity of the Mediterranean Climate Zone flora, with special emphasis on native plants and their importance to the local ecosystem. The Garden tours greatly enrich the Zoo experience of visitors and are particularly appealing to adults who often come to the Zoo specifically for this tour. Handouts of plants highlighted on the tour, with information about them are provided to those on the tours.