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