From Strange Lands—but No Longer Strangers
In June 1930, a shipment of deer and sheep arrived from Germany with some strange species: two axis deer, a pair of mouflon sheep, rare nilgai antelope, and a female muntjac—seen here making friends with Belle Benchley—to be a mate for the male that was already at the Zoo. This shipment came about after Carl Hagenbeck, director of the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany, paid a visit to San Diego to see the zoo that Dr. Harry had built, and he greatly admired all that Dr. Harry and Belle Benchley had achieved. It’s likely he was also somewhat flattered, since it was Hagenbeck’s barless grotto design that Dr. Harry modeled the San Diego Zoo’s bear, lion, and tiger exhibits after—although Dr. Harry was the first to try this exhibit design with carnivores. The two men struck up a cordial working friendship and would trade animals many times over the years.