October 2011 - William S. Cruzan, Zoo Superintendent
Jacksonville Zoo History 1914-2014
Featured October 2011
Alan F. Rost, Biological Programs Registrar and unofficial Zoo historian
William S. Cruzan, Zoo Superintendent
William S. Cruzan was born January 10, 1875. A Rhodes Scholar, he is reputed to have helped the country of Cuba to set up its monetary system. His U.S. World War I draft registration gives his residence as Havana, Cuba.
Cruzan arrived in Jacksonville from Havana, Cuba, in 1924. Cruzan was the Zoo Superintendent (or some similar title) from November 20, 1929 to July 31, 1935 and from October 16, 1935 to September 1, 1955 when he retired (almost 26 years). William Cruzan died in November of 1961.