Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle started as the private estate of Guy C Phinney, a lumber mill owner. His estate included about 180 acres. He had a streetcar line that shuttled people between Freemont and the park he created on the western half of his property. He had a small menagerie of animals. Guy passed away in 1893 and in 1899 his wife sold the property to the City of Seattle.
A few years later, 1903, the Lake Washington Cable Railway Co donated their private Leschi Park menagerie. By this time the zoo had a few large animals including elk and bear. I wonder how they acquired a small herd of buffalo?
Today the Woodland Park Zoo is ranked as one of the world’s best zoos.