The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) annual Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series returns with a spotlight on the institution’s ongoing commitment to conservation with four upcoming evenings on Thursday, March 22, April 28, May 31, and June 28, 6 to 9 p.m. The Zoo is partnering with local, environmentally friendly vineyards whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom four-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by Zoo Executive Chef Brad Robertson. The series focuses on sustainability – from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation. Each evening explores a different topic and features conversations with a curator or keeper, up-close animal encounters, and wine introductions by winery representatives.
The series concludes on June 28, with Ancient Peaks Winery with the theme “For the Generations” at Mahale Mountains, home to the Zoo’s multigenerational chimpanzee troop. Ancient Peaks Winery represents the shared vision of three longtime local wine producing and ranching families with a commitment to sustainable practices that will ensure the health of their vineyards and the surrounding habitat for generations to come. Zoos make commitments to protect endangered species by maintaining sustainable populations of the animals in their care. Discover what makes the Zoo’s chimpanzee program a model for zoos around the world and how our support and expertise are applied to vital conservation efforts in the field. Curator of Mammals Candace Sclimenti will introduce the multigenerational troop, one of the largest in North America, and share stories about a recent trip to Cameroon train staff at Limbe Wildlife Centre and Ape Action Africa.