Preserving Zoology Wisdom of the Past for Future Generations
History of Zoos - Photo Gallery
This historical photo gallery shows the development of zoos and animal environments as they have progressed through the ages, from tiny cages to open, natural animal habitats.
Zoo Parade with Marlin Perkins
The first animal show in the history of television was filmed at Lincoln Park Zoo from 1949-1957.
Gary Clarke, Director of the Topeka Zoo, is playfully grabbed by a young lion cub as he leaves the exhibit after taking a photo.
Marlin Perkins - zoo director
In 1944 Marlin began his zoo career at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. This would last until 1962 when he left to take over the directorship of the St. Louis Zoo.
Director Ed Maruska (background) of the Cincinnati Zoo introduces one of his animals to a zoo fan.
Lincoln Park Zoo Director Marlin Perkins holds Sinbad a young lowland gorilla upon his arrival with three other gorillas 1948.
Frank was an accomplished animal trainer and worked with Connie at his home in Florida.
Dr. Fisher becomes zoo director 1962
Director Gary Clarke and Orangutan Djakarta Jim show off his winning painting.
Stocking the plane
Director Paul Breese of the Honolulu Zoo supervises the loading of food on an Air Force C-130. The plane with its shipment of animals was bound for the National Zoo in Washington D.C. 1963
at the Lincoln Park Zoo Reptile House with Bill Ford (L) and Ed Almandarz (R)
Dr. Lester Fisher
Sinbad the gorilla gets a medical exam with Animal Keeper Roy Hoff 1948.
White tiger arrival
Zoo Director Dr. Gordon Hubbell (to the right of the transport cage) and zoo supporters greet Princess Maya upon her arrival at the Crandon Park Zoo. The tiger was purchased for $35,000 by zoo patron (above Dr. Hubbell) Ralph Scott from the Maharajah of Rewa 1965.
All in the family
Mary Bean, Robert Bean Junior's mother holds Su-Lin the first Giant Panda to be seen in the western hemisphere. On one Sunday 60,000 visitors came to Brookfield Zoo in Chicago to see the baby 1937.
A young zoo director, Gary Clarke takes a photo with the entire staff of the Topeka Zoo 1966.
Dr. Lee Simmons
Showing Marlin Perkins a Blue sheep 1970.
Zoo Generations meet
Dr. Lester Fisher and Marlin Perkins greet Animal Keepers Betsy Bartholomay and Diana Weinhardt at the opening of the Regenstein Large Mammal building 1982
As co-host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom television show Jim Fowler appeared 40 times on the Tonight show with host Johnny Carson.
Dr. Lester Fisher looks on as Rajah the gorilla is transported to Germany 1964.
Great Ape physical
Dr. Eric Maschgan & Dr. Lester Fisher exam one of the many great apes moved from their old quarters in the Monkey House to the new Great Ape building. The move was recorded for the movie Otto Zoo Gorilla. Director Dugan Rosalini watches the action 1976.
Janet Bean went with her husband Robert Bean on expeditions to collect animals. She is seen feeding a gazelle in the Sudan while a Shoebill stork looks on.
From 1949 - 1958 Director Paul Breese accompanied 7 major shipments on the Matson Freighter line to bring animals to the Honolulu Zoo.
William Beebe in Trinidad 1959
A royal visit
Dr. Lester Fisher escorts His Royal Highness Prince Phillip on a tour of Lincoln Park Zoo 1982.
Dr. Lester Fisher and Dr. Harold Firfer, an oral surgeon perform an oral exam on lowland gorilla Otto 1976.
Birth of the first baby gorilla
1956 saw the first captive birth of a gorilla. It happened at the Columbus Zoo. Dr. Vespers and Louie DiSabato check Colo, right after the birth.
Dr. Christian Schmidt
An aquarium on wheels
Bill Braker and the Shedd Aquarium collecting team pose in front of the specially designed train car for holding specimens.
Louie DiSabato bottle feeds the young gorilla Colo 1957.
International Union of Zoo Directors
In 1963 the international meeting was held at the Chester Zoo. A young William Conway was among the delegates. He is top row, fourth from the right.
Gary Clarke shows Marlin Perkins around a new exhibit at the Topeka Zoo.
Karen Sausman received her formative animal training at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One of her jobs was taking care of the babies in the zoo nursery 1966.
Dr. Lee Simmons working with Dr. Ulie Seal obtaining blood samples from an elephant 1978.
After leaving the directorship of the Topeka Zoo, Gary started guiding people to Africa. With over 100+ visits he is a recognized expert in the field.
A young zoo director
Jack Hanna takes care of two of his charges at the Columbus Zoo.