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World War II Questions

The Zoo received a letter from a historian asking some questions about our Zoo and WWII.  This is an area of our history that is very fuzzy, so we invite you to share any information that you have on the topic.  Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What animals were the most popular here during the war years?  Any particular animal stars?
  • How did the Zoo cope overall during the war with rationing, blackouts, etc.?
  • Did anyone in uniform get free entrance into the Zoo during the war years?
  • Was the Zoo a site of USO performances, war bond rallies or special wartime exhibits?
  • What animals (smuggled in or ex-mascots) were donated to our Zoo by GIs or sailors?

If you can answer, even partially, any of the above five questions, please (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

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