Betty White is turning 90 in January—and she’s spent more than half of those years right here at the Los Angeles Zoo! She currently serves as GLAZA's Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Though she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Zoo and its animal inhabitants for nearly five decades, Betty calls the title bestowed upon her by the City of Los Angeles in 2006—“Ambassador to the Animals”—undeserved. “It’s a great honor, and I do appreciate it,” she elaborates. “It means a lot to me. But it’s the animals that are the true ambassadors.”
She writes about several of those ambassadors—including Asian elephant Billy, orangutan Bruno, and Jacob the red-tailed boa—in her new book, Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo. “I wanted to make clear the wonderful work that zoos do, not only in working with each other to keep the genetic pool diversified, but also in helping endangered wild populations. What we’ve learned about species in zoos we can apply to endangered wild animals—and prevent them from disappearing.”
By honoring Betty through making a donation at any level, you will be able to write a personal note to wish her a happy birthday. All the messages will be given to Betty to read after her birthday.
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