What's on the Menu?

November 15, 2022 A collaboration between the Gottlieb Native Garden & the Los Angeles Zoo Season 1 Episode 5
What's on the Menu?
Show Notes

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 the Native Way Lorene Sisquoc.


For more information about programs at the L.A. Zoo, visit


To learn more about the Malki Museum:

Buy the Chia Café Collective cookbook, Cooking the Native Way here and at many book sellers. 

BiodiverCity is made possible with support from The Gottlieb Native Garden

Dr Jake Owens, Director of Conservation, Los Angeles Zoo

Executive Producers:
Susan Gottlieb
Tom Jacobson
Diane Shader Smith
Denise Verret

April Merl
Jake Owens

Associate Producer:
Brenda Scott Royce

Original Music:
Micah Smith

Additional contributions from: 
Hannah Beal
Bennett Rea