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