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!
2016 is the San Diego Zoo's 100th birthday! It's a joyful centennial celebration that commemorates our amazing history and launches our exciting future, as we roar forward into the next 100 years. We invite you to join us during this extraordinary year, and enjoy the memories and festivities with us!
Remnants of the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, where the San Diego Zoo stands now.
Dr. Charles Schroeder, the Zoo's first full-time veterinarian, attends to a camel with a toothache..
Three young elephants, Hari, Lucki, and Maya, get a treat from keeper Robert Cihlar.
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.
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.
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."
Orson the jaguar, a black cat with golden eyes, became an icon at the Zoo.
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.
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.