If you go down to the zoo today…

San Diego Zoo.

America North America
  • Author: SCHULTHEIS, R.W
  • Publication place: [Los Angeles]
  • Publisher: Lowell Jones
  • Publication date: c1940
  • Physical description: Large colour printed pictorial map on recto, and two smaller maps on verso, folding into self-wrappers: 'Recreational Map San Diego Zoo 25c', and address label.
  • Dimensions: 420 by 560mm. (16.5 by 22 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15101


The main bird’s-eye view map of the park shows it pioneering a cageless zoo design: divided into four mesas, housing reptiles, primates, ‘Heavy Mammals’, and hoofed animals. Between the mesas are canyons where the wild birds, ‘bears, lions, and tigers’, sea mammals, and cats, can be seen. The park is well served by no fewer than six restaurants and canteens, and an Animal Hospital.

The two smaller additional maps are: a ‘Pictorial Map of Balboa Park’, with a key and “showing the location of San Diego Zoo in relation to the Exposition Area. Most of the building were originally constructed for the Panama-California Exposition held in 1915, and restored for the California Pacific International Exposition held in 1935-36”; and ‘Downtown San Diego: Showing principal routes leading to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo’.

San Diego Zoo was founded in 1916 in Balboa Park to house the animals left behind after the Panama-California Exposition of 1915 and the menagerie from the Wonderland Amusement Park. At the time of this map, the zoo was managed by the only female zoo director in the world: Belle Benchley.

Surprisingly rare, only known in one institutional example, at Yale.

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