Wildlife in the Garden



The Botanical Garden provides habitat for many animals. Learn more about the 330+ species of animals that have been documented here and add your own observations to our iNaturalist project: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Fauna. Please respect wildlife by giving them space and not touching them or their nests.

Photo credits: Allen’s hummingbird/Nurit Katz; Western fence lizard/Andy Kleinhesselink


Of the animals observed in the Botanical Garden on iNaturalist, over half of the species observed are insects! Plants and insects have many interesting relationships from providing habitat to pollination. The following resources include a visual guide to a few insects you may observe in the Garden, as well as a page you can print out to take your very own explorer notes.

Insect Resources
• Insect Neighbors in L.A. + Key to Insects (PDF)
• Insect Explorer Notebook (PDF)



Enjoy your visit by looking for some of the birds that can be commonly seen here year-round. Birders may also enjoy exploring activities led by the Bruin Audubon Society and Birding Club, as well as the eBird list for the Garden.

Photo credit: Yellow-chevroned parakeet/Afshin Paydar

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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