Los Angeles Zoo and Los Angeles Aquarium have been the subject of an open letter by parents, concerned about their future after the closure of their two-year-old zoos.
The letter, which was shared by parents and supporters on Facebook, has also been shared on social media.
The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to discuss the closure on Thursday, September 27.
“This zoo is a wonderful place and we have loved it, but unfortunately, the zoos are no longer sustainable,” wrote the parents, who also include two children who are now two years old.
“There is no doubt that the closure and the loss of our children’s experiences at the zoo has had a devastating impact on our lives and that is what makes the petition so important,” the letter read.
“The zoos were the only thing that we could rely on, but now, we no longer have the option of using them for our children and will need to find new ways to spend time with them.”
The Los Angles Zoo was founded in 1962 and was originally a breeding facility for chimpanzees.
It became the Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 1977 and became the Zoos of the Los Angelenos Medical District in 1981.
In recent years, it has expanded into the care of primates, which it has trained and released since the 1960s.
The city is planning to sell the zoo to private investors for $1.6 billion.
The zoo’s animals include chimps, dolphins, birds, reptiles and more.