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The San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo, (previously Fleishhacker Zoo) is a zoo in San Francisco, California housing more than 250 different animal species. It is located in the southwestern corner of the city, between the Great Highway and Lake Merced. The main entrance, once located on the north side across the street from the old Doggie Diner (only the restored doggie head remains of this San Francisco Historical Monument), has been moved to the west side of the zoo along the Great Highway and the Pacific Ocean.

The San Francisco Zoo was founded by banker and SF Parks Commission president, Herbert Fleishhacker. Fleishhacker began planning for construction on a selected site in the southwest corner of San Francisco, adjacent to the Fleishhacker Pool, once the largest swimming pool in the United States. The area was also already home to a childrens playground, an original Michael Dentzel carousel, and the Mothers Building, a haven for women and their children. Most of the exhibits were populated with animals transferred from Golden Gate Park including; two zebras, a cape buffalo, five rhesus monkeys, two spider monkeys, and three elephantsVirginia, Marjory and Babe. The SF Zoo would come to be a wonderful complement to this recreational area. (Source: Wikipedia)

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