Zoo Renewal: White Flight and the Animal Ghetto


Creator: Uddin, Lisa


Date: 2015


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Dr. Uddin addresses the relationship between zoo renovations and attitudes towards urban America in the 1960s and 1970s. She argues that the drives to protect endangered species and to ensure larger and safer zoos were shaped by attitudes toward urban decay, suburban growth, and attitudes toward race. She uses the National Zoological Park and San Diego Zoo, among others, as case studies for her argument about attitudes toward cities and race, and their impact on zoo design.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • San Diego Zoological Park


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Dr. Uddin was a predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Design
  • Urban renewal
  • Zoo exhibits
  • Zoos
  • Urban policy
  • Mohini Rewa (Tiger)
  • Race awareness
  • Zoo visitors
  • Racism


  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


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Number of pages: 289; Page numbers: 1-277

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