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San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Animal handler Carlee Schofe is seen with a red-shouldered hawk, 1978.
San Diego Zoo Global
Animal handler Carlee Schofe is seen with a red-shouldered hawk, 1978.

San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary
San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary GUEST:Rick Schwartz, ambassador, San Diego Zoo Global

The San Diego Zoo is marking its centennial with a celebration in Balboa Park this Saturday. In its 100 years, the zoo has grown from a few abandoned animals in the park to a global zoological society that includes the Safari Park and centers for conservation research.

The zoo happened by accident. Dr. Harry Wegeforth, a local physician, was driving past the park and heard a lion's roar. The animals had been left behind following the end of the 2015 Panama-California Exposition. Wegeforth went on to found the San Diego Zoo.

Rick Schwartz, an ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, talks about the history of the zoo and how it's celebrating the centennial Thursday on KPBS Midday Edition.