San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, housing more than 3,500 animals of more than 800 species and subspecies. The zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses, and successfully bred the giant panda, although the pandas have recently been repatriated to China.
About San Diego Zoo in brief
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, housing more than 3,500 animals of more than 800 species and subspecies. The zoo was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses, and successfully bred the giant panda, although the pandas have recently been repatriated to China. In 2013, the zoo added a new Australian Outback exhibit, providing an updated Australian animal experience. Another new exhibit, called Africa Rocks, opened in 2017. The world’s only albino koala facility was born September 1, 1985, at the Sanino Zoo and was named Onya-Birriya. In October 2020, two gorillas charged at the outer pane of glass of their enclosure will be closed until further notice. The last pangolin on display in North America at the time, died at the zoo in October 2014. The San Diego zoo has the largest number of koalas outside of Australia in 2014, and a colony of African penguins arrived for the first time in the zoo since 1979 in 1979. In 2016, Baba the gorilla moved into Africa Rocks when it moved into the zoo when it opened in 2016. The first lion area at theSan Diego Zoo without enclosing wires opened in 1922. Until the 1960s, admission for children under 16 was free, regardless of whether they were accompanied by a paying adult. The publication ZooNooz commenced in early 1925.
The zoo’s Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species was founded in 1975 at the urging of Kurt Benirschke, who became its first director. In 2009, CRES was significantly expanded to become the Institute for Conservation Research. An orangutan named Ken Allen was reported in several newspapers in the summer of 1997 for repeatedly escaping from his supposedly escape-proof orangutans enclosure. In September 2013, a baby koala named Sanino was born from a zoological facility in San Diego. In September 2014, two Australian Aboriginal Aboriginal gorillas were born from the zoo and were named Sanina and Baba. In December 2013, two gorilla exhibit glass panels were closed until the zoo has further notice until the end of 2020, when it has been further notice that the gorilla exhibit has been closed until October 2020. The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, and the World Association of zoos and aquariums. It is privately moderated by the nonprofit SanDiego Zoo Global on 100 acres of Balboa park leased from the City of San Diego and is privately owned by the city. It was founded by Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, after hearing a lion roar at the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. He served as president of the society until 1941. For most of that time she was the only female zoo director in the World.