Secretly we all want to go home with the fuzzy newborn cubs we saw at the zoo. We too dream of working on the computer while a snugly lemur perches on our shoulder. And who doesn't think life would be just a little bit better with a mini hippo at your hip?
But these little darlings are wild animals. They get big, and a wee stinky. Perhaps not the ideal present? But you can get close (and protect wildlife) with these holiday offerings from Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), a non-profit that supports the LA Zoo.
Name a Zoo Animal
Save another unsuspecting creature from a life as "Fluffy" and sponsor the official naming of a zoo animal. The lucky recipient gets to pick the name and receives an official certificate, plaque presentation ceremony and a VIP tour with zoo staff. Prices range from $1,000-$50,000, benefiting the zoo's animal acquisition fund. The name-themed gift worked for Glenda -- the zoo's newest baby gorilla.
"Adopt" an Animal
Starting at just $35 on up to $1,000, you can become an "adoptive parent" to a lucky zoo animal and help save threatened species. Recipients choose an animal from a threatened or endangered group and for one year they are named guardian of that species. Benefits range depending on the donation, but everyone gets a personalized adoption certificate, a photo of their animal, and the satisfaction of knowing the donation helps the zoo participate in programs that aim to save endangered species.
Visit http://lazoo.org/support/adopt/ for more information or call 323 644-6035.