Belle Benchley

New Paper Doll! Belle Benchley, the Zoo Lady

Belle Benchley was the first director of the San Diego Zoo.  She revolutionized zoo-keeping by insisting that, in every decision, the animals come first.  She made sure that all animals had private enclosures they could return to when being in the public eye stressed them out, and that the zoo …

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Belle Benchley and the Creation of the Modern Zoo (Women in Science 34)

Think back to your last zoo trip. More likely than not, most of the larger animals were contained in open air facilities, with features tailored to the animal’s native landscape. The animals probably had free access to sleeping quarters away from the public view, and diets based upon their natural …