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A researcher with a koala in Australia; a baby panda born at the San Diego Zoo; a baby southern white rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

 

Small Steps, Big Changes

Conservation happens one person, and sometimes one animal, at a time. By working with communities that live alongside wildlife, investing in science and technology for conservation initiatives, and partnering with you, we can end extinction.

Conservation-Focused from the Beginning

The San Diego Zoo began as a rescue operation.

In 1916, Dr. Harry Wegeforth was driving down Park Boulevard when he heard the roar of a lonely lion. Along with bears, monkeys, and other animals, the lion had been part of an exhibit at the Panama-California Exposition earlier that year. But when the exposition closed, the animals were left behind with a few caretakers, and an uncertain future.

Dr. Harry was inspired to rescue those abandoned animals and give them a home where they could be properly cared for. Soon after hearing that fateful roar, he founded the San Diego Zoo.

Since then, we've carried on Dr. Harry's can-do outlook and commitment to protecting wildlife.

rhino mom and baby

YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL TO OUR FUTURE

As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.