San Diego Zoo Global Leading The Fight Against Extinction



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Our Mission

The mission of San Diego Zoo Global is to save species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal and plant care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Using our family of brands to differentiate our campuses, projects, and initiatives, we strive to be at the forefront of wildlife conservation and education.


At San Diego Zoo Global's online sites, guests can discover the many facets of our organization, from in-depth information on San Diego Zoo Animals and Plants, to our conservation work at the Institute for Conservation Research, to online ZOONOOZ articles written by our staff writers, keepers, and researchers. Plus, there's a world of fun and facts for kids and teachers on San Diego Zoo Kids, and opportunities to explore web-based training courses on San Diego Zoo Global Academy. It's all only a web browser away!


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Our History

In 2016 the San Diego Zoo celebrated its 100th birthday!
Join us as we roar forward into the next 100 years.

  • 1916

    Remnants of the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, where the San Diego Zoo stands now.

  • 1932

    Dr. Charles Schroeder, the Zoo's first full-time veterinarian, attends to a camel with a toothache..

  • 1941

    Three young elephants, Hari, Lucki, and Maya, get a treat from keeper Robert Cihlar.

  • 1949

    Gorilla babies Albert, Bouba, and Bata, had their own set of rooms in the Zoo Hospital and went out for playtime on the lawn in back.

  • 1968

    Carol, an Asian elephant, was a year old when she arrived. Her first home at the Zoo was the Children's Zoo, and she was named after Children's Zoo attendant Carol Hash, seen here, who helped raise the young calf.

  • 1985

    Goolara, whose name means "moonlight" in an Australian Aboriginal language, was one in a million. He charmed millions of viewers on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

  • 1993

    Orson the jaguar, a black cat with golden eyes, became an icon at the Zoo.

  • 2000

    Bai Yun, only a youthful six years old herself, seemed to enjoy playing with her cub Hua Mei. From the beginning, Bai Yun was a great and protective mother.

  • 2015

    Speed the Galapagos tortoise first came to the San Diego Zoo in 1933. "Old Number 5" as he was affectionately known by keepers, was thought to be more than 150 years old when he passed away in 2015.


San Diego Zoo Global is an international conservation organization that has been saving species for 100 years. But we can't do it alone! Our supporters play a crucial role, and we need dedicated partners like you. Join our Wildlife Conservancy, help fund conservation projects, volunteer your time and knowledge, or partner with us to sustain conservation efforts worldwide. Your support makes a world of difference!

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