13 episodes

A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden and the Los Angeles Zoo, BiodiverCity explores urban ecology and conservation in L.A. From inside a one-acre native garden that is visited by over 1,500 different species of animals, to behind the scenes at our zoo, visited by more than 1.8 million people each year, we’re talking to both experts in their fields and everyday people to find out how Angelenos and wildlife are thriving together. BiodiverCity is hosted by Dr. Jake Owens, Director of Conservation at the L.A. Zoo, and is the vision of Susan Gottlieb, creator of the Gottlieb Native Garden.

BiodiverCity A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden & the Los Angeles Zoo

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden and the Los Angeles Zoo, BiodiverCity explores urban ecology and conservation in L.A. From inside a one-acre native garden that is visited by over 1,500 different species of animals, to behind the scenes at our zoo, visited by more than 1.8 million people each year, we’re talking to both experts in their fields and everyday people to find out how Angelenos and wildlife are thriving together. BiodiverCity is hosted by Dr. Jake Owens, Director of Conservation at the L.A. Zoo, and is the vision of Susan Gottlieb, creator of the Gottlieb Native Garden.

    Bonus Episode: The Art of Foley

    Bonus Episode: The Art of Foley

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks with Marko Costanzo, renowned foley artist, about how he makes the sounds of nature come to life in movies like Life of Pi and Ice Age with a collection of household objects and a lot of imagination. To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast

    • 10 min
    The Monarch and the Frog

    The Monarch and the Frog

    If you counted all the migratory monarch butterflies in California in 1992, you might total five million. But today, that number is less than 2,000. How did one of the most popular butterflies in the world begin to disappear? Xerces Society’s Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist Emma Pelton unravels the mystery of why the western monarch is vanishing, and she and horticulturist and native plant specialist Carol Bornstein explore ways that everyone can help. Meanwhile at the zoo, C...

    • 31 min
    Bonus Episode: With a Side of Bugs

    Bonus Episode: With a Side of Bugs

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks with JaV’on Latimore, entomologist and entotarian, about insects on the menu and not yuck-ing anyone else’s yum. Follow JaV’on on TikTok at @vonnroach, on Instagram at @en.tune, and on Twitter at @ent_tune. To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast

    • 12 min
    What's on the Menu?

    What's on the Menu?

    It’s all about food as we get behind the scenes at the zoo and discuss one of L.A.’s most complicated diets with Zoo Nutritionist Emily Schwartz and Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish, Ian Recchio: the diet of the Butaan, one of the world’s largest lizards. After that, we talk about southern Californian indigenous food traditions and how to strike the balance between passing down traditions and depleting the land with Sherman High School Indian Museum curator and co-author of Cooking th...

    • 32 min
    Bonus Episode: A Batman for a Cause

    Bonus Episode: A Batman for a Cause

    In this week’s bonus episode, Jake talks to Chris Van Dorn, founder of Batman4Paws, about how dressing up as a superhero is turning heads and helping animals in need. To learn more about the BiodiverCity podcast, visit www.thegottliebnativegarden.com/podcast

    • 9 min
    Over Our Heads

    Over Our Heads

    Have you ever heard a bat? You probably haven’t. While bats are all around us, their presence goes practically undetected because of their nocturnal habits and silent (to us, at least) echolocation. We talk with Natural History Museum (NHM) Wildlife Biologist and Community Science Manager Miguel Ordeñana about how bats help start conversations about conservation in neighborhoods all across L.A., and the Gottlieb Native Garden’s naturalist Scott Logan shares his recordings allowing us to go be...

    • 28 min

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