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The San Francisco Zoo was a 100-acre zoo on the southwestern corner of San Francisco, California. Housing more than 260 animal species, it was originally named the Fleishhacker Zoo after its founder - banker and San Francisco Parks Commission president Herbert Fleishhacker - planning for construction began in 1929.

Most of the original exhibits were populated with animals transferred from Golden Gate Park, including zebras, rhesus monkeys, spider monkeys, and elephants. It also included a Gorilla Reserve and contained orangutans, chimpanzees, macaques, mandrills, and several species of monkeys.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes[]

Caesar's First Visit[]

Scientist Dr. Will Rodman secretly took his three-year-old surrogate chimpanzee son, Caesar, to the San Francisco Zoo to receive medical attention from primatologist Caroline Aranha after an incident with their violent neighbor Douglas Hunsiker. This is where Caesar first encountered the chimpanzees held in the zoo's enclosure and met his future adoptive human mother. The chimpanzees having witnessed Caesar shrieked out of jealousy that Caesar was living free outside bars. There was a female Zoo Guide who also worked as another employee at the zoo.

Ape Rebellion[]

Five years later, Caesar led a mass breakout of genetically altered apes from the San Bruno Primate Shelter and Gen-Sys Laboratories and had his gorilla friend Buck lead a band of apes to break into the San Francisco Zoo. This act liberated countless apes, greatly increasing the ape army's numbers and proving themselves to be a more powerful fighting force. When liberating the captive apes, the evolved apes used the bars on their cages as spear-like weapons and fled the zoo with their new brethren. Caesar then tried to bring all the apes to freedom at the Muir Woods across the Golden Gate Bridge. Seeing only rampaging wild animals, the San Francisco authorities tried to corral the apes on the bridge and massacre them.

Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge[]

On the bridge, these apes were then put under the command of the ape leaders; the chimpanzees under Rocket and Koba, the orangutans under Maurice, and the gorillas under Buck. Caesar, the alpha of the entire group launched a three-pronged attack with the chimpanzees attacking from the bridge's high wires, the orangutans attacking from below the bridge with the main forces being led to attack the police. Caesar then had the gorillas push a bus in range of the police bullets which left the police unable to attack. With no problems, Caesar took a police horse and had his army attack the defenseless officers, beginning the first battle to determine the ape's future. After the fierce battle which resulted in many deaths on both sides, most of the apes survived and reached the Muir Woods to live in true freedom with their kind.


After the Ape Rebellion, these apes grew smarter due to them contracting the ALZ-113 virus after it spread globally, allowing them to take part in hunting and use sign language among the other apes. As a result, these apes became more civilized and it would seem many of them now stand in the high ranks such as a gorilla named Luca who serves as the new fourth-in-command of the ape army even without being given the ALZ-113 drug directly. It is unknown if any of these apes had children with some of the evolved apes.


  • An earlier version of the script paid particular attention to the alpha male chimp in the zoo enclosure, who had noticed Caesar on his visit to the zoo and later submitted to Caesar's leadership during their escape.
  • Claimed by producers/screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver in the commentary on the Blu-Ray disc of Rise of the Planet of the Apes that the apes at the zoo did not get the ALZ-113 gene therapy, but they instinctively followed the other apes.
  • It is currently unknown what happened to all the other (non-ape) animals in the zoo, but it's most likely all of them died of starvation due to the abandonment of the zoo once the Simian Flu outbreak started.


See Also[]

External Links[]

Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR