THE GOLDEN GIRLS star and animal rights activist Betty White has been honoured by the Los Angeles Zoo for her commitment to animals.

The Emmy award-winning actress was named an Ambassador to Animals at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday (20FEB06).

A bronze plaque will be placed next to the zoo's gorilla exhibit, which is home to White's favourite animal.

The 84-year-old actress joked that the honour would make her "tough to live with from now on".

She says, "I'm not sure what I'm going to do as ambassador except to love the animals, as I have all my life."

White has served for more than three decades on the Morris Animal Foundation and the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, and has been a zoo commissioner for eight years.