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'Heart of the Zoo: How San Diego Zoo Director Chuck Bieler Earned His Stripes'

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1 PM to 3 PM
San Diego Central Public Library

Join award winning author, Kathi Diamant as she discusses her new book, "Heart of the Zoo: How San Diego Zoo Director Chuck Bieler Earned His Stripes," the extraordinary story of how Chuck Bieler saved the San Diego Zoo and helped to create an international conservation organization where all wildlife thrives.

In the 1970s, a new era for zoos dawned as the world became aware of the challenges facing wildlife. To help save shrinking habitats and endangered wildlife populations, zoos had to evolve from their role as living museums to centers of conservation. Working as executive director and then development director, Bieler helped usher in a brighter future for wildlife around the globe, launching international conservation efforts, navigating economic challenges, and creating a new blueprint for habitats.

About Kathi Diamant
Actress, author, TV producer/anchor and San Diego State University adjunct professor Kathi Diamant has been involved with the San Diego Zoo since arriving in San Diego in 1983. As the co-host of KFMB Channel 8’s Sun Up San Diego, she welcomed Zoo animals every week to the set, and in the following decades contributed more than a dozen articles to ZOONOOZ and Koala Club News. Her first biography, "Kafka’s Last Love," has appeared in translation in nine languages and won the Geisel Award and the “Best of the Best” in the San Diego Book Awards.

About the Friends of Central Library
The Friends of the San Diego Central Library is a member-supported non-profit organization that advocates, fundraisers, and provides critical support for the Central Library and related literary and educational programs. We provide the community with opportunities to invest in the success of the San Diego Public Library as well as literary and education communities by donating funds or by donating time through volunteering. Please contact the Friends at or (619) 238-6655.

Visiting the Central Library
Parking is underneath the Central Library, FREE with 2-hour validation. The library is one block from the Park & Market stop on the Trolley Blue and Orange lines. Bus routes 12, 901, and 929 stop right in front of the library at the 11th Avenue and K Street stop.

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Friends of the San Diego Central Library

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Kathi Diamant

San Diego Central Public Library

330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, California 92101

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