LA Doctor Walks 129 Miles from the LA Zoo to the San Diego Safari Park to Raise Money for Animals

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Who is Dr. Monica?

Founder and CEO of

Dr Monica is a practicing Pediatric Urologist in Los Angeles with a deep love for animals and the environment. The COVID19 crisis gave her an idea to raise money for zoo animals by doing a solo walk of 130 miles across Southern California.

Thus was born “docwalks4animals”, raising over $15,000 and inspiring the creation of an official nonprofit organization (.org application approval is pending) to continue the mission of raising awareness and funds for wildlife and environmental conservation projects.

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Inspired to Take Action

Dr. Monica, like many of us, was feeling overwhelmed by the daily deluge of “Bad News” and was reminded of something “Scoop” Nisker used to say:

“If you don’t like the news … go out and make some of your own!”

Wes (“Scoop”) Nisker – radio commentator on the San Francisco radio station
KSAN in the late 60’s and 70’s, and later on KFOG.

What did Dr. Monica do?

She walked from the Los Angeles Zoo to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach then on to the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido – a distance of 129. 1 miles

Her urban trek took 8 days and she was able to raise almost $15,000 for hungry animals and fish.
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Zoos and Aquariums earn between 70-90% of their revenue from entrance fees — and 60% or more of that between March and July! With the COVID-19 closures, the animals in zoos and aquariums still need to be fed and cared for and THEY NEED HELP!


About modern-day zoos and aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums meet the highest standards in animal care and welfare and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. In addition, they dedicate millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs.

Why not donate money to help animals in the wild?

We ARE helping conservation projects for the animals in the wild!

By donating to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to help them through this difficult time, we are insuring that their dedication to wildlife conservation and worldwide projects can continue!

Every year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums spend $230 million on field conservation alone, supporting projects benefitting more than 800 species in 130 countries. To date, the AZA Conservation Grants Fund has provided $7.7 million in support for 400+ projects worldwide.

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