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TRAVEL
June 16, 2002
As a native of San Diego and a former resident of the Hillcrest area, I particularly enjoyed your Weekend Escape ("Baby Steps in the Wilds of San Diego," June 2). But I was disappointed that author Mary McNamara and her children missed the bird show at the Wild Animal Park. I think it is exceptional. Also, if you visit in the fall, you can view its thousands of chrysanthemums. We join the San Diego Zoological Society every year; the savings on admissions and guest passes are worth it when we entertain out-of-town visitors.
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TRAVEL
June 16, 2002
As a native of San Diego and a former resident of the Hillcrest area, I particularly enjoyed your Weekend Escape ("Baby Steps in the Wilds of San Diego," June 2). But I was disappointed that author Mary McNamara and her children missed the bird show at the Wild Animal Park. I think it is exceptional. Also, if you visit in the fall, you can view its thousands of chrysanthemums. We join the San Diego Zoological Society every year; the savings on admissions and guest passes are worth it when we entertain out-of-town visitors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1985
Betty Jo Williams, a San Diego Zoological Society trustee and first vice president, has been elected 1986 president of the 120,000-member society. The Zoological Society has 12 volunteer trustees who determine policy and oversee development of the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. A 30-year San Diego resident, Williams also is vice chairwoman of the Zoological Society's development committee.
NEWS
July 2, 1992 | CAROLINE LEMKE
San Diego County is home to wildlife attractions that draw visitors from around the world as well as next door. If it's been a while since you visited them, you'll find that exhibits have been added and admission prices have increased. San Diego Wild Animal Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road Escondido In addition to the more than 3,200 animals that roam in their natural habitats over the 2,100-acre park, the "Wild Woods: From Dinos to Rhinos" exhibit returns this summer and remains through Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1991
Regarding your editorial, pardon me if I don't fall for San Diego Zoological Society's "we didn't know" routine again. Its mea culpa sounded somewhat suspect a few years ago when the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park was investigated on "60 Minutes" and found to be guilty of selling surplus zoo animals to a well-known trader who specialized in supplying animals to game ranches. This latest "we should have know better" statement from those in charge of the animal-selling program is an insult to the public's intelligence.
NEWS
January 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Zoological Society has suspended relations with a Kansas animal dealer who said he took four endangered addax antelope from the San Diego Wild Animal Park to a Missouri auction in 1985. Zoo spokesman Jeff Jouett said ties with Jim Fouts were severed in October because of "suspicions" that he did business with wild animal auctions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1988
It was appalling to read in The Times on July 1 that Betty Jo Williams, president of the San Diego Zoological Society, felt the keepers at the Wild Animal Park were "vindicated" by the city attorney's decision not to file criminal charges. Surely she knows that such a decision is based on the evaluation of the likelihood of a criminal conviction and nothing more. It is not a statement that Dunda wasn't chained or severely beaten. Nor is it a declaration that management, supervision and policy were as they should have been concerning animal welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1991
Regarding the death of Pamela Orsi, elephant keeper at the Wild Animal Park: she would not be dead had she not been in the enclosure with the elephants. There is no legitimate reason for keepers to handle, train or interact directly with elephants, any more than they do with rhinos or any other large and dangerous animal. San Diego Zoological Society's elephant policy is based on a system of dominance, where keeper is king. In order to establish and maintain this unnatural and unnecessary form of management, the elephant must be physically and psychologically bullied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1988
It is a sad comment on the motives of the San Diego Zoological Society when keepers who are concerned about the well-being of an animal are made to feel threatened and uncomfortable while those responsible for the excessive treatment are protected with feeble explanations of a lost temper. If a parent had lost his or her temper and beat a child to the point that wounds took three months to heal, screams of child abuse would be heard far and wide! Unfortunately, the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" treatment our local media bestows upon the zoological society is partly responsible for these excesses.
NEWS
June 25, 1992 | DAVID NELSON
The current economy has caused some fund-raising folk to dilute their Chablis with hot, salty tears, but despite the rainy-day theme, no eyes moistened at Saturday's "RainForest Rendezvous." The event was the ninth annual RITZ ("Rendezvous in the Zoo") gala hosted by the trustees of the San Diego Zoological Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1991
Regarding your editorial, pardon me if I don't fall for San Diego Zoological Society's "we didn't know" routine again. Its mea culpa sounded somewhat suspect a few years ago when the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park was investigated on "60 Minutes" and found to be guilty of selling surplus zoo animals to a well-known trader who specialized in supplying animals to game ranches. This latest "we should have know better" statement from those in charge of the animal-selling program is an insult to the public's intelligence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1991
Regarding the death of Pamela Orsi, elephant keeper at the Wild Animal Park: she would not be dead had she not been in the enclosure with the elephants. There is no legitimate reason for keepers to handle, train or interact directly with elephants, any more than they do with rhinos or any other large and dangerous animal. San Diego Zoological Society's elephant policy is based on a system of dominance, where keeper is king. In order to establish and maintain this unnatural and unnecessary form of management, the elephant must be physically and psychologically bullied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1990 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators at the Humane Society of the United States sent a letter Wednesday to the San Diego Zoo charging that its elephant exhibit is inadequate and "extremely dangerous" for both the huge mammals and their keepers. The letter to Doug Meyers, director of the San Diego Zoological Society, was prompted by the death Sunday of Maya, a 51-year-old Asian elephant that was put to death after she fell into a moat and crippled herself.
NEWS
January 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Zoological Society has suspended relations with a Kansas animal dealer who said he took four endangered addax antelope from the San Diego Wild Animal Park to a Missouri auction in 1985. Zoo spokesman Jeff Jouett said ties with Jim Fouts were severed in October because of "suspicions" that he did business with wild animal auctions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989
The San Diego Zoo has received one of the largest single donations in its history, an unexpected $1.1 million gift from the estate of two La Jolla retirees that has been earmarked for gorilla exhibits now under construction. John and Opal McDonald, a 92-year-old retired executive from Caterpillar Tractor Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state senator has asked the San Diego County district attorney to file a complaint against the San Diego Zoological Society for allegedly violating a state law that protects employees who report their bosses' wrongdoing. Sen. Dan McCorquodale (D-San Jose) said Wednesday that he met with Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1988
It was appalling to read in The Times on July 1 that Betty Jo Williams, president of the San Diego Zoological Society, felt the keepers at the Wild Animal Park were "vindicated" by the city attorney's decision not to file criminal charges. Surely she knows that such a decision is based on the evaluation of the likelihood of a criminal conviction and nothing more. It is not a statement that Dunda wasn't chained or severely beaten. Nor is it a declaration that management, supervision and policy were as they should have been concerning animal welfare.
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