New York has Central Park and Paris has the Tuileries, but Los Angeles—bordered by mountain ranges and ocean—has countless chaparral-studded canyons and brush-filled hillsides, and a whopping 63,000 acres of parks, lakes, trails, natural areas, and gardens. And these wild spaces are filled with wild creatures—bobcats and mountain lions, hawks and opossums. Angelenos may live in a hyper-engineered region, but nature is never far away—and we’re constantly reminded, whether by a meatball-loving black bear or the howl of coyotes, that we can’t control it. How do the wild neighbors with whom we share our city affect our urban experience and the way we see the world around us? And what happens—to animals both human and non—when our most strident efforts to tame the world around us fail? City of L.A. Animal Services wildlife specialist Greg Randall, Natural History Museum environmental educator Lila Higgins, and the National Wildlife Federation’s California director Beth Pratt visit Zócalo to discuss why we love the wild animals of L.A. and what they mean for life in our city.
Photo courtesy of Christoph Steinhard.
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