Our History

              From the humble beginnings of a lone California grizzly bear to state-of-the-art animal care and wellness, our rich history explains the evolution of our mission to care, connect, and conserve.

              Early 1800s: Woodwards' Gardens

              Late 1800s: Bear Beginnings

              1922: The Zoo Finds a Home

              1929: Our First Director

              1930s: Our WPA Roots

              1950s: The Zoological Society

              Present Day: The New Zoo