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Animal style: LA Zoo's adults-only 'Sexy Beast' fundraiser


PHOTO CREDIT: Tad Motoyama

Los Angeles Zoo gerenuks kissing.


Photo courtesy of Joleen Lutz

Joleen Lutz with a kinkajou.

The Los Angeles Zoo will be transformed into a den of anthropomorphic amore when its educational menagerie becomes the focus of a fundraising event "celebrating romance in the animal kingdom."

The L.A. Zoo will host "Sex and the City Zoo 4: Sexy Beast" — the fourth annual Valentine's Day-inspired presentation by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) — on Saturday, Feb. 9, with proceeds supporting wildlife preservation and conservation efforts at the zoo and around the world.

The adults-only, Whole Foods-sponsored affair will take place at the Zoo's Witherbee Auditorium and will feature "a lighthearted and enlightening talk by actress Joleen Lutz, who is also known for her work as an interpretive naturalist of zoology," notes the news release.  

Up-close "animal walkabouts," conversations with keepers, dessert, wine, and an optional four-course feast will follow. There is something decidedly The Freshman about exclusive dining inside of a zoo. Nevertheless:


LA Zoo 'LAIR' exhibit opens: Reptile house welcomed with open claws

lizard LA ZOO LAIR exhibit

Photo by Joe Utsler / CrazyUncleJoe via Flickr Creative Commons

March 8, 2012: The Los Angeles Zoo's newest exhibit, "the LAIR," opens to the public.

Los Angeles Zoo's newest Betty White/Slash-approved exhibit, the LAIR (Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), is now taking visitors into its multi-habitat house devoted to reptile and amphibian conservation. Approximately 60 species of rare, unique, endangered, neon, venomous, bearded, scaled and flippered friends will inhabit the house.