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

Help Us Help Zoo and Aquarium Animals Worldwide!

Who is Dr. Monica?

Dr Monica Metzdorf is a 53-year old Pediatric Urologist in Los Angeles.
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What did she 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!
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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.

Dr. Monica’s Southern California Walk is complete, but the plans to help the animals has just begun!

What you can do
  1. Donate directly to docwalks4animals here OR
    Donate privately (see here for a list of AZA and WAZA-accredited institutions worldwide)
  2. Tell us about it! Send us an email so we can update our world map (here)
to help the animals

PLEASE – If you love animals, DON’T WAIT till the zoos and aquariums re-open – They are in dire need of your help now so that they will be able to re-open!!

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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