Statement: “It sounds like a corporate myth but it’s true: The world-famous Wgasa Bush Line, the park’s original monorail, received its name when a committee, searching for an African-sounding title, seized upon WGASA, a well-known acronym for Who Gives A (bleep) Anyway,” wrote San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins on July 18.
Analysis: A brouhaha has erupted over the Wild Animal Park’s plans to change its name to Safari. But as the U-T notes, this isn’t the first time a name at the park has raised eyebrows.
The paper says the now-retired Wgasa Bush Line — which transported visitors around the outskirts of the park for more than three decades — was named after the African-sounding acronym for “Who Gives a Shit Anyway?”
Could the five-mile monorail line really have been named for WGASA, whose company in the pantheon of foul-mouthed acronyms includes FUBAR and SNAFU?
It was indeed, confirm two men who should know — the zoo’s former executive director and the son of the late San Diego Zoo chief designer who coined the name.