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Belle Jennings Benchley
Birth: Aug. 28, 1882
Pawnee County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1972
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Director of the San Diego Zoo, 1952. Known as "The Zoo Lady", she started out as a bookkeeper at the San Diego Zoo and was promoted to Executive Secretary, later her title was chaged to Zoo Director and she led the San Diego Zoo to an international showplace. For 26 years she was manager, organizer, promoter, fundraiser, author, and an international leader in animal behavior and zoo administration. She was the author of several books, including "My Animal Babies" and "My Life in a Man-Made Jungle." In 2007, she was inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame. 
Family links: 
  Frederick Merrick Jennings (1858 - 1926)
  Ida Belle Orrell Jennings (1862 - 1949)
  William L Benchley (1880 - 1966)*
  Jane Orrell Jennings Porter (1880 - 1917)*
  Belle Jennings Benchley (1882 - 1972)
  Luella Jennings Miller (1892 - 1971)*
  Susan Orrell 'Sue' Jennings Miller (1896 - 1984)*
  Helen Ida Jennings Bailey (1901 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memorial Park
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Masonic Place, Lot 45, Grave 11
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Feb 03, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8365
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- Art Wells
 Added: Oct. 20, 2015

- Mr.B
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
I have been to our zoo many times, thank you Betty for 60 years of entertainment, our zoo is known world wide. May the blessings of Heaven be your
- Phyllis killgore
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
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