Krulak was born in Colorado in 1915, moved to San Diego at age 10, went to the Naval Academy at age 16. (He eventually became a Lieutenant General in the United States Marines.) He had had animals in his home as a child and had always appreciated them. He became a trustee in the San Diego Zoo in 1968 after returning to San Diego after a military assignment in Washington, District of Columbia, and president in 1972. He also served as chairman of several committees, including Building and Grounds, of which he was chairman at the time of this interview. The Wild Animal Park was the main topic at the time. Krulak presided over a difficult political situation at the Zoo. He relates the circumstances of the arrival of the koalas from Australia and talks about one of his favorite animals, the okapi. This interview was conducted at the General's home in San Diego, as part of a collaborative oral history between the San Diego Zoological Society and the San Diego Regional History Center at San Diego State University. General Krulak died in 2008. Names mentioned during the interview include: Charles Schroeder and Robert "Bob" Sullivan.