In 1927 the Sacramento Zoo opened as the little zoo in the park, Herkimer the desert tortoise hatched in southern California, and a couple welcomed a little boy named Bruce Kern. Little did Bruce’s or his parents know that 90 years later he would be celebrating his birthday with the Sacramento Zoo and Herkimer.
In 2000 Bruce and his wife Jean moved to Sacramento from Kansas City where they had been docents at the Kansas Zoo for 10 years. After settling in they wanted to get back to what they loved, so they joined the Docent Program at the Sacramento Zoo in 2001. Bruce’s love of wildlife grew out of the adventurous and amazing stories his father told him about African safaris that he had participated in on behalf of Goodyear Tires.
When asked what well-wishes he had for the zoo during its 90th birthday year, Bruce said “I would like to see the zoo on its 100th birthday. What is exciting is that the Sacramento Zoo is always evolving and never static, something is always changing.”
Next time you are visiting the zoo, be sure to find docent Bruce, wish him a happy birthday, and thank him for the time he gives to the Sacramento Zoo.