Belle <I>Jennings</I> Benchley

Belle Jennings Benchley

Birth
Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas, USA
Death 17 Dec 1973 (aged 91)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Masonic Place, Lot 45, Grave 11
Memorial ID 8365 · View Source
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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.

Belle Benchley is a bona fide "famous" person. She led the San Diego Zoo to an international showplace when she became the world’s first and only female zoo “directrix” in 1927. For 26 years she was manager, organizer, promoter, fundraiser, author, and an international leader in animal behavior and zoo administration.
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Brother: William H. Jennings born Jan 10 1898 . He was an important water attorney in San Diego County.



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The Zoo Lady


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Belle Jennings Benchley (28 Aug 1882–17 Dec 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8365, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .