Celebrating the life of

Gary L. Bogue

January 26th 1938 - September 26th 2019

Remembering Gary

For 42 years, Gary entertained and educated the community about wildlife and nature through his column in the Contra Costa Times. Gary had planned to pursue a career in advertising when he met the director of the newly opened Alexander Lindsay Junior Museum in Walnut Creek. Recognizing Gary was knowledgeable about wildlife, especially reptiles, the director hired him as museum curator. Over more than a decade, Gary trained docents and initiated the wildlife rehabilitation program, where hundreds of volunteers learned to care for injured animals and return them to the wild. He rehabilitated big animals -- mountain lions and coyotes -- and small, including hummingbirds and shrews. He led backpacking trips and rock climbing expeditions to introduce young people to the outdoors. He helped train future environmental leaders. 


Eventually, he left the museum to work full time for the Times. He worked with baseball manager Tony LaRussa to start Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, which finds loving homes for abandoned pets.


Gary is the author of seven books, most recently, “Is That a Skunk?,” a children’s book illustrated by his friend and colleague, Chuck Todd. In his younger years, he painted in acrylics and oils and carved soapstone sculptures.

Gary is survived by his wife, Lois Kazakoff, and his former wife, Barbara Bogue; daughter, Corey Colburn; and his son, Jeffery Bogue, and stepson, Karl Nielsen. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Mark Colburn, Lauren Delgado, Megan Vimes and Joshua Colburn, and Chantelle and Monique Bogue; and three great-grandchildren.

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Help continue his mission

 Over more than a decade, Gary trained docents and initiated the Lindsey wildlife rehabilitation program, where hundreds of volunteers learned to care for injured animals and return them to the wild. 

Gary actively supported the Lindsay museum, now known as Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Save Mount Diablo and the John Muir Land Trust. Contributions would continue their important work.

Help continue his mission by making a donation.


Gary Bogue
Memorial Veterinary Fund

Lindsay Wildlife Experience announced that its Board of Directors has established a veterinary fund in memory of its beloved curator emeritus Gary Bogue


Donations to the Gary Bogue Memorial Veterinary Fund will help ensure that Lindsay's wildlife hospital continues to provide pioneering care for sick and injured California native species and other wild animals. Thank you for supporting Lindsay Wildlife Experience.


Be a part of our online community

Please visit the Forum. There, you can share your fond memories of Gary, as well as post any videos or pictures that contribute to memories of his life.

Here we can keep all special thoughts and memories to share family and friends, as well as compiling them for the future. 

Gary Bogue Trail - Acalanes Ridge

The John Muir Land Trust named a trail on Acalanes Ridge for Gary on Aug. 18, 2012, in recognition of his many achievements during his 45-year career as a writer, naturalist and educator.

Gary helped generate community support for the purchase of the land the trail crosses through his Contra Costa Times pets and wildlife column. The trail follows a ridgeline offering views of Lafayette, Walnut Creek and the California State Highway 24 corridor and connects with the regional trail system.

Acalanes Ridge - Credit: Photo by Adam Weidenbach

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Gary Bogue

1938 - 2019