Contact  |  About us

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo was inspired by Dr. Harry Wegeforth in 1916. He established the San Diego Zoological Society to turn a childhood dream into reality. The fledgling zoo was a big success and started receiving donations immediately. The first donation was a bear named Caesar that was originally a pet on a navy ship.

In August 1921, the permanent location of the zoo was approved by the Park Commission. Zoo planners presented a landscape map along with plans of exact boundaries. It consisted of 150 acres in Balboa Park that included canyons, mesas and areas perfect for cages, dens, and corrals. In early 1922, the San Diego Zoo began to move into its new home.

In 1923, the pachyderms Empress and Queenie were brought from India by Frank Buck. The elephants didnít like to travel and had to be ridden into their new home at the zoo.

In 1926, bus tours became popular. Off duty, the drivers studied animals on their route so they could give lectures as they drove.

The zoo is situated on 100 acres and is home to 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. A prominent botanical collection of more than 700,000 exotic plants graces the zoo grounds.

Off-site search results for "San Diego Zoo"...

San Diego History Timeline
Photo of washed-out bridge in Old Town. 1916 Dr. Harry Wegeforth brings the San Diego Zoo into being when animals imported for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition are quarantined and not allowed to leave. He's reported to have excSan Diego Zoo into being when animals imported for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition are quarantined and not allowed to leave. He's reported to have exclaimed to ...
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/timeline/timeline2.htm

San Diego History: Chronology
1853 Whaling industry begins to grow in San Diego. 1854 San Diego & Gila, Southern Pacific and Atlantic Railroad organized. 1855 Mormons strike coal at Point Loma. 1857 Mexicans massacre Gen. A. J. Crabb's filibusterers at Caborca. 1857 ...
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/books/pourade/silver/silverchrono.htm

San Diego History Timeline
Stadium is renamed for San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy in 1981; Qualcomm in 1997). SDHS aerial photo of San Diego Stadium under construction. 1968 The minor-league San Diego Padres become a Major League Baseball team and play their ...
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/timeline/timeline3.htm

privacy policy