I can imagine the guards saying, “You know, if you hadn’t ended up in here, you could be out with those animals.” Yes, an adult and a young giraffe live in an enclosed olive grove near the jail. They are privately owned, and the older of the two has appeared in movies. Just over the fence, at 16027 Yarnell Street, is the Wildlife Learning Center. More than 200 kid-friendly animals, including servals, squirrel monkeys, and a tree sloth, welcome visitors seven days a week. The center, which cares for rescued and rehabilitated wildlife, also sponsors zoology classes and a day camp.
Photograph by Chris Nichols