LUNA PARK ZOO
3800 MISSION ROAD
1925 to 1931? ( I have a map dated 1932 that shows the name California Zoological Gardens).
See the original Luna Park Zoo Brochure from my collection.
Note: Large 253KB file so please wait.   j.a.     LUNA PARK ZOO BROCHURE

GREATEST ZOO IN THE WEST.
Nowhere else in the entire West is there another such collection of wild animals, nor such a thrilling animal show.
This magnificent park of 25 acres with its hundreds of wild animals and birds is for your entertainment.
Here every afternoon in the year you can enjoy six wild animal acts. These are free to all visitors in the zoo.
Admission 30 cents, Children 10 cents. Free auto parking.

FEEDING TIME
A great hour at the zoo-every day, except Monday, at 2 o'clock, the year around.

PICNIC GROUNDS
Ample tables and benches for picnic parties. Bring your lunch and spend the day, or patronize the restaurant and refreshment counter on the grounds.

SIX WONDER ANIMAL ACTS EVERY AFTERNOON AT 3 O'CLOCK

HOW TO REACH THE ZOO
Take any "O" or "3" yellow car to the end of the line.
By auto: Inquire the best way to Lincoln Park, which adjoins the zoo.

RARE SIGHTS
Wonderful collection of rare water fowl . Our beautiful white neck cranes are the only ones born in captivity.
 
 
 

Click here to read about my dad and me.Who is this little girl in the Luna Park Brochure? (added 9/10/02)
Carroll J. Jones submits his childhood photos. (added 9/15/03)

 

FAMOUS TRAINERS

OLGA CELESTE  b: 1887 - d: 1969 -  famous for her leopard vaudeville acts. Miss Celeste performs daily with a group of Indian leopards. Also famous for her marvelous work in motion pictures.

Olga Celeste and her Pets Sahpo and OlgaLion and Dog
 

LOUIS ROTH - America's greatest animal trainer.
Louis Roth went to California to become chief animal trainer at the Selig Zoo in Luna Park. This introduced him to the world of the cinema, and soon he found himself working with animals in the movies.

MELVIN KOONTZ - with Jackie the famous wrestling lion.
Melvin Koontz received his training at the old Selig Zoo/Luna  Park Zoo, and took a trained animal act to the World's New York Fair in 1939, coming to the World Jungle Compound in 1946. He became their chief animal trainer, remaining there until his retirement in 1964.

Here is a picture of the Selig Zoo entrance after Luna Park.
It was called the California Zoological Gardens starting in the mid 30s.
 

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