Get comfortable as you sit back and gaze at the amazing collection put together by Bill Foster in the 1930’s and 40’s a s a trophy haven where the public could view the exotic animals of the world. Growing up in Hayward, he worked as an apprentice for a man who was one of the first African hunters to bring movies of wildlife to the U.S. in 1918.
In the 1920’s, Bill developed a passion for wildlife of a different sort that included bootlegging. On the run from the law, he moved his wild enterprise up the river to Rio Vista where he continued to do things his own way. Starting in 1928, he made eight trips to Africa and ten trips to Canada and Alaska. Old photos on the wall tell the story of a lifetime of commitment to the preservation of a world no longer available to us. Bill was devoted to photography and taxidermy, which was highly prized in his time. The pictures, with labels typed by Bill, tell a story of the people he met, the geography he traveled, and the exotic animals he brought back.