Japanese Village and Deer Park
Location: Buena Park
Scene: This Japanese-themed park was most famous for the deer that roamed around freely. There were also snowy pigeons, doves, black swans, and brown bears. The park was also known for its “aquatheater,” where seals, dolphins and bears performed.
The End: News reports at the time said many of the deer were euthanized.
Location: Newport Beach
Scene: Visitors to the 115-acre ranch got to drive around and see about 100 buffalo. A petting zoo had goat, peacocks, burros and other smaller animals. The ranch also served buffalo burgers.
The End: Many of the animals were sent to Kansas. The spot was where the Irvine master plan was conceived.
Location: Van Nuys
Scene: Birds and beer. The 17-acre spread included a monorail that snaked around the Anheuser-Busch beer plant. There were also lagoons and boat rides, which showed off more than 1,000 birds including flamingos, storks, toucans and herons. Amusement park rides were added.
The End: Closed so the brewery could expand.
Jack Dutton’s Jungle Garden
Scene: Before Disneyland, Dutton’s Jungle Garden was king. “On weekends, thousands of visitors thronged the park,” The Times wrote. “Part zoo, part nightclub, the garden was the place to see and be seen.”
The End: Jack Dutton, a one-time Anaheim mayor and civic booster, closed the park. Dutton agonized about what to do with Jerry, the park’s longtime star billed as “The World’s Most Human Chimp.” Unable to find a zoo or suitable caretaker for Jerry, Dutton had a police officer friend shoot him. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Dutton told The Times in 1993. “I would never humanize a chimp again.”
For the Record
Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Jack Dutton’s Jungle Garden closed in 1993.