Stonemans make volunteer work at Los Angeles Zoo a family affair

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

ON ZOO carousel are Laurie and Dr. George Stoneman.


A love of animals brought Laurie Stoneman to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens as a volunteer 20 years ago, and two years ago her husband, Dr. George Stoneman, joined her.

Her first job was as a docent, explaining cheetas, giraffes, merkats to school children. Later volunteer posts include leading a docent class and compiling educational materials.

For several years Laurie worked with golden lion tamarin monkeys in a conservation project. “The monkeys were released in the wild and we charted their behavior.”

Not only has she donated her time to the zoo, but she and her husband recently held a fundraiser at their  Hancock Park home to help fill the zoo’s coffers.

George used his love of photography to land a post taking pictures at special events. He is called for VIP parties and tours. “He is a people person” says Laurie, “and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assoc. (GLAZA) really appreciates him.”

He continues his work as an ear, nose and throat physician, in an office in Glendale.

Zoo volunteer duties range from helping in the office to assisting animal keepers. In the general category, they can interact with the animals, guide visitors, and assist in research.

The docent program requires a 23-week training and a commitment of 100 hours during the year. For an application, go to

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