Wade, J W 1973-07-05

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J. W. Wade, former superintendent of the Dallas Zoo, discusses his career and the growth and development of the zoo, along with anecdotes concerning the animals there.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J.W. Wade

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 05, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Jebsen, Patricia Hogan

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Brief review of career, Recollections of escaped animals from Dallas Zoo, Dallas centennial construction mentioned, Zoo supervisors recalled, Political scandals, L. B. Houston characterized, Anecdotes on the nature of zoo animals, Position of assistant superintendent of zoo described, Origin and influence of the Zoological Society, Police protection of zoo cited, Expansion of zoo traced.

Tape 1, Side 2: Recollections on acquisitions of expanded zoo budged, Improvements in the zoo examined, Behavior of elephants mentioned, "Kiddy zoo" recalled, Fontaine hired as zoo director (1953), Differentiation between the positions of superintendent and director, Early problems of zoo management, Growth of educational role in zoo management, Expressions of discontent with zoo policy, Costs figures on animals given.

Range Dates: 1941-1973

Bulk Dates: 1941-1973

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