Zoo offers altar to honor memory of beloved pets.

An Ofrenda for Beloved Pets

Photos courtesy LA Zoo

The completed Beloved Pets Ofrenda at the Zoo entrance, pictured before Zoo guests started adding their own memorials.

For the third consecutive year, the LA Zoo built its Beloved Pets Ofrenda in observance of National Hispanic Month and Día de Los Muertos.

The ofrenda was co-presented with Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for Arts and Education.

The ofrenda was designed to honor the memory of cherished animal companions that have passed away. Zoo guests were welcome to print photos or draw pictures of their pets and place their images and mementos on the ofrenda – located at the Zoo’s Front Entrance Plaza near Sea Life Cliffs through Nov. 2. Each weekend, Zoo staff was on-site to print and assist guests with their photos. 

Coral Barreiro, Community Programs Manager, Zoo, constructs the Beloved Pets Ofrenda with staff from the Zoo and the Plaza de la Raza.

An ofrenda, which means “offering” in Spanish, is an altar created to honor loved ones who have passed away. These ceremonial displays are a colorful mix of symbols, pictures, flowers, memorabilia, food, beverages and other meaningful items, and all are an essential part of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, which Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx cultures observe on Nov. 1 and 2. Community partnerships with organizations like Plaza de la Raza create amazing opportunities to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of our City. 

The Beloved Pets Ofrenda was co-created with Plaza de la Raza and was conceived by the Zoo’s Community Programs Manager Coral Barreiro.

Beautiful work, all!