A Trip to the LA Zoo to See the Bears

With the opening of the new Disneynature Bears this week, it is a perfect time to share my visit to the LA Zoo.  It was there that I got to visit the Bears exhibit right after seeing the movie.


A Trip to the LA Zoo to See the Bears

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons.  Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold.  The world outside is exciting but risky as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches.  As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever present wolf.  “Bears” captures the fast moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses Alaska!

I will be sharing more on that later this week.  So now, enjoy some photos from the LA Zoo!


I love visiting zoos.  I can watch animals for hours for they fascinate me.  After screening Disneynature’s Bears, I was very excited to see the special bear they have at the LA Zoo in the bear exhibit.  But let me share with you first some of the animals I also got to see.


The LA Zoo has a special California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ) .

The CCRZ is a fun, facilitated play space designed for children ages six and up.  In an exciting immersive environment, children discover what it takes to protect California condors, and the important role the LA Zoo plays in saving this amazing species.  Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and City recognized holidays, from 10am – 4:30pm.

We spent time learning about how the condors are endangered and how the LA Zoo is doing their part to help bring awareness to this massive bird.

Giraffes LA Zoo

It just so happened that I was able to snap this fun shot of the giraffes.  All heading to the same spot, they look like the poster family of the zoo don’t they?

Chimpanzees LA Zoo

Spending hours watching animals is no exaggeration.  But these guys were so entertaining, I could easily watch them all day.  They fascinate me.

Hippos LA Zoo

How many of us get the chance to see a hippo hang out by the wall and open wide to get fed?  Until my visit, I too had never seen this.  It was pretty cool, and it made for a great photo.

Bear LA Zoo


And then we made it to see the bear, Ranger.  I was amazed to watch his keeper call for him and he came out.  He was fed some nuts and the keeper told us some interesting stories.  After watching the movie and seeing the hard life of bears in the wild, it was nice to see this bear living a pretty easy and happy life.


I was super lucky and surprised when I got one of the bear cubs as a gift from Disney.  You can get an Amber or Scout, the little cub stars of Disneynature’s Bears.  The Disney Store will contribute $1 to the NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION for every BEARS plush purchased between now and 5/11/14.  Get your Amber or Scout at the Disney store!

Also, as I posted before, jewelry designer Alex Woo made this gorgeous pendant that you have the opportunity to win.  It’s not too late to enter, just check out my post for your chance.

It’s a great film for the whole family!  And the LA Zoo is one of those zoos that I know I will have to go back and visit again!

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BEARS will be in theaters on Friday, April 18th.  If you see the film during opening week, a portion of the proceeds from your ticket purchase will be donated to conservation funds.

*Thank you to the LA Zoo and Disney for this opportunity to share with my readers.  All opinions are my own.

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