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HISTORICAL EXHIBITS

Periodically, select historical matierals are showcased on exhibit in the SDZG Library.

Past Exhibits

40thAnniv

May - June 2012

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Celebrating 40 Years

Featuring materials from the San Diego Zoo Global Library and Archives, this exhibit documents the planning, development, and early days of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in honor of its 40th anniversary. Exhibit items include photographs, newspaper clippings, souvenirs, and a directional road sign. Stop by the exhibit to feed your nostalgia or to learn a thing or two about the park’s history.

Can't make it in to see the exhibit in person? Click through a digital version of the exhibit instead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

March - April 2012

Historical Spotlight: Belle J. Benchley, 1882-1973

Belle Benchley, or "The Zoo Lady", as she came to be called, was hired as temporary bookkeeper by San Diego Zoo founder Dr. Harry Wegeforth in 1925. Despite a lack of experience in both bookkeeping and animal work, Benchley devoted herself to learning about all aspects of zoo operations. Her initiative and passion so impressed Wegeforth that he offered her the job of Executive Secretary, the zoo’s top position equivalent to Director, in 1927. Benchley was the first woman in the world to fulfill a zoo director role, which she did with enthusiasm until her retirement in 1953. She played a major part in transforming the San Diego Zoo from a small collection of animals to the innovative, world-class organization it is today.

CONTAT: For archival research inquiries, please contact library@sandiegozoo.org, (760) 291-5479

 

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