Chasing salmon and driving deer

Ambrose Gondola

Ambrose Gondola

In the 1940s, a local ranch hand picked up a load of middle eastern deer at the San Francisco zoo and delivered them to his employer’s ranch. This was Ambrose Gondola, and the deer he drove to Marin that day eventually went feral and made a lasting mark on the landscape, where they became known as the “ghost” or “white” deer. These animals became iconic of the Point Reyes area, where they were beloved by many and hated by some.

Join us in the Story Shed as Ambrose describes picking the deer up that day, and how the controversy that followed them through the years started almost immediately: when the biggest buck was poached by a local hunter. He also tells stories of creeks full of salmon, coves full of abalone, and what it was like to grow up as a ranch boy in Tomales and Olema.

Listen to the show by clicking the arrow below, or download the mp3 here.

Also, if you missed it, you can hear more from Ambrose in our previous episode, where he talks with his wife Edith (who he has known for 80 years) about their life together and her Italian family’s history.

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