The revelation that a wealthy couple is planning to build a new natural history and auto museum to house their personal collection of mounted exotic animals surprised a lot of people. None more than Gina Knepp.
Knepp is the director of the city animal shelter, which stands directly across Front Street from where Paul and Renee Snider hope to fill a 60,000-square-foot exhibit space with stuffed bears, lions, rhinos, deer and other creatures. The collection would be combined with a new 100,000-square-foot auto museum that would replace the existing California Automobile Museum.
Knepp had heard rumblings about the plan for the new auto museum. But it wasn't until she read Thursday's Bee that she realized the mounted animals were part of the plan, too.