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San Diego Zoo
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features "Fantasia" and "Pinocchio." His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for "Fantasia," is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
The San Diego Zoo is a privately operated zoo run by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego. It incorporates 100 acres of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and houses over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. The zoo opened its doors officially in 1916, after the Panama-California International Exposition abandoned its exotic animal exhibitions. The Zoological Society of San Diego was founded by Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth in an October 12, 1916 meeting, with Dr. Wegeforth serving as president of the society until 1941. In August 1921, a permanent tract of land in Balboa Park was set aside and the zoo began to move the following year. The San Diego Zoo has been a pioneer in building "cageless" exhibits and can boast to having some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence. Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. The zoo is also active in conservation and species-preservation efforts. Many species are bred in captivity for release into their native habitats where appropriate. The San Diego Zoo is located at 2920 Zoo Drive, in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Picture shows the main entrance to the San Diego Zoo as well as the adjacent Cafe´ Fountain entrance.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-009-416 8x10
San Diego Zoo
Zoos--California--San Diego
Palms--California--San Diego
San Diego (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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