Both Ups and Downs

While the Zoo had reduced its total number of animals by 1944 in response to rationing and shortages, some things continued to increase. Attendance, aided by hundreds of military personnel, reached more than 600,000 for the year; and building projects continued, like a second entrance gate near what is now Spanish Village, and new small mammal exhibits, funded by a $1,000 donation from Colonel Milton McRae. The Zoo was even featured in a Hollywood film again, when the bears made an appearance in San Diego, I Love You—and Time magazine wryly commented that they were probably the best thing in the show.


War Years 1937 - 1946
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