San Diego Zoo Global in San Diego, Calif., is celebrating a tremendous milestone this year: our centennial—100 years of dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places.
It was in 1916 when a San Diego physician by the name of Dr. Harry Wegeforth was driving down Sixth Avenue with his brother, Paul, after the close of the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, and they heard a lion roaring in Balboa Park. It was a moment of inspiration—Dr. Wegeforth turned to his brother and said, “Wouldn’t it be splendid if San Diego had a zoo? You know, I think I’ll start one.”
The rest is history—100 years of trials and triumphs, innovation and vision, extraordinary people and amazing animals, coming together to build San Diego Zoo Global. The roar has been an important part of our history ever since those early days, a symbol of “roaring forward” to conserve endangered species in habitats worldwide. What began with one man and one lion has become the combined voices and dedication of millions on behalf of species everywhere.
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White Rhino © San Diego Zoo Global
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