GLAZAGreater Los Angeles Zoo Association
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She began serving as a GLAZA Trustee in the early 1970s, was a multi-year member of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and was named "Ambassador to the Animals of the City of Los Angeles" by Mayor Villaraigosa in 2006.
Her deep understanding and passion and for the Los Angeles Zoo, her close relationship with its animals and Zoo and GLAZA people, her advocacy in general for animals that share our earth, and her sharp business sense blend perfectly to guide our organization, particularly as GLAZA works toward a public-private partnership with the City of Los Angeles in order to make the Zoo's operation more financially independent.
This week, GLAZA members observed one of man's closest relatives in advance of today's grand opening.
The swans, unveiled Thursday, are the result of a partnership between GLAZA and Black Swan Wines of Australia to create the zoo's first black swan habitat and exhibit.
Sunday's fund-raiser is expected to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 for GLAZA, a nonprofit agency, which helps fund research, exhibits and education and more at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
But whichever interpretation you accept, not all is right at the zoo, or at GLAZA.
And in three of the last five years, GLAZA has fallen well short of its fund-raising targets.
They did spend the money for legal purposes, but is it for GLAZA to decide how that money is spent or is it for the city to decide?
For instance, the docent program - administered through GLAZA as part of its public relations branch - could be more closely aligned to the zoo's educational programs.
The ad hoc committee recommended improving zoo management, establishing a separate zoo department, re-evaluating the Master Plan and formulating a strategic animal plan, and improving relations with GLAZA.
Although the mayor's appointments were praised by GLAZA officials, at least one animal rights activist charged that the mayor was appointing celebrities to the panel at the expense of crucial expertise.
GLAZA has come under fire from city officials and outside experts critical of the group's large paid staff, inadequate fund raising and continual power struggles over control of the zoo.