Saul Kitchener 1938 - 2015
Saul started his zoo career in 1963 at the Oklahoma City Zoo as curator of primates. He later became General Curator, in 1966, at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. His experience even included a very short stint working at Al Oeming’s Game Farm in Canada. In 1968 he became General Curator at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo and later was promoted to the position of Assistant Director.
Saul left Chicago in 1975 to become director of the San Francisco Zoo. During his time as director, he built the Primate Discovery Center, Penguin Island and Gorilla World. He was able to bring the Giant Pandas as well as the Golden Monkeys from China to the zoo.
Saul was a true zoo man. He loved the zoo profession. He was a mentor to many younger professionals.
When asked how he would like to be remembered Saul replied, “I suppose I’d like to be remembered as having told the truth. I told it like it is.”