Diabetic Monkeys

Dino-petes John

I thought I knew a lot about animals, but on a recent trip to the Los Angeles Zoo, I learned something new. Monkeys can have diabetes, too!

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When we read the sign on the cage, my mom did a double take. confused-face[3]    There weren’t any zoo keepers or volunteers around to ask about the monkeys, so when we got home, my mom and I did some research on the internet. It seems that a monkey can get diabetes 100 times quicker than a human. My mom says that the zoo monkeys probably have Type 2 Diabetes, since Type 1 in monkeys is much rarer. I just hope people visiting the zoo read the sign and NOT feed the monkeys.  DSCN3227

Here are some other pictures from our zoo trip:

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Non-Profit To Spend $2 Million To Market LA Zoo

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A non-profit affiliated with the city-owned Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday that it will spend $2 million in order to market the zoo’s programs, exhibits, and wildlife conservation efforts.

“In an era of declining city funding, this expanded partnership will greatly assist the Zoo in reaching new audiences,” said Connie Morgan, president of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

“GLAZA will invest in raising the Zoo’s visibility in the competitive Los Angeles marketplace, bringing more people to the Zoo and helping to guarantee it continues to flourish over the long-term,” Morgan said.

“This agreement will nearly triple the annual resources available for marketing the Zoo, thereby exposing many more people to the Zoo’s mission and programs,” Los Angeles Zoo Director John Lewis said.

GLAZA was originally founded in 1963 with the intention of raising funds for exhibits, capital projects, and outreach programs. The city’s budget cuts…

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Baby Giraffe Born at L.A. Zoo Makes Her Public Debut


The Los Angeles Zoo just recently introduced the newest member of their team — a baby giraffe named Sofie.

Though less than a month old, the zoo’s newest Masai giraffe already stands tall at 6 feet and weighs in at 135 pounds. The zoo announced Sofie’s presence last Friday, even though the calf was born late last month on April 22.

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According to zoo officials, Sofie is the first calf for the zoo’s giraffe, Hafina, who was impregnated by another giraffe called Artemis. The zoo’s newest addition was then subsequently named after the great-granddaughter of one of the zoo’s donors, Robert McMillan.

In a statement, officials elaborated on Sofie’s particular species of giraffe:

The Masai species of giraffe is found in East Africa, namely southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. All giraffe populations throughout Africa are under threat and…

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