And Start One, He Did

On October 2, 1916, Dr. Harry and his brother met with three local colleagues, Dr. Fred Baker, Dr. Joseph Thompson, and naturalist Frank Stephens, and together they formed the Zoological Society of San Diego. Initially the community thought Dr. Harry was a fool and that the Zoo was a joke: people referred to it as “Wegeforth’s Folly.” But Dr. Harry was determined. He knew it was a gamble, but he loved a challenge. It was his enthusiasm, confidence, charm, and skill—combined with a good measure of stubborn persistence—that set it all in motion. He had a vision from the beginning.


Beginnings 1916 - 1926
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