Ellen Browning Scripps (an American journalist) was one of the first San Diego Zoo philanthropists. She paid for the framework of the Scripps Aviary to be built, in 1923. Back then, it was the world’s largest aviary (measuring 95 feet high and 115 feet long). Although it has been remodeled a few times, the exterior structure is original. Now, visitors can enjoy a waterfall and thirty five species of African birds from several points outside the aviary, as well as from within.
The San Diego Zoo has a lot of history within its walls (which were also funded by Ellen Browning Scripps).