Celebrating Elephants

Come to Oakland Zoo for our annual Celebrating Elephants event!

Family friendly activities will include exciting elephant stations such as touching gigantic pachyderm bones, holding an 11 pound tooth, and more. Plus, experience the once-a-year opportunity to tour the elephant barn and see an elephant up close.

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Date and Time

Saturday, May 27 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Cost and Fees

This event is included with regular Zoo admission. Exclusive behind-the-scenes Elephant Barn tours are $10 per person. This is a once a year opportunity.


This is a Zoo-wide event.


Elephant Barn tour tickets available at Flamingo Plaza, the Lower Entrance and the Elephant Exhibit or in advance here .


Contact: Genny Greene
Email: genny@oaklandzoo.org

Additional Program Information

In the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo, visitors are invited to watch Circus Finelli, an animal free circus performance with comedy, acrobatics, juggling, dance, and live music. Celebrating Elephants Day is the most fun that you and your family can have while you help save elephants in the wild. Come for a day of adventure and leave knowing that you have helped Oakland Zoo protect elephants in Africa!

  • Elephant Barn Tour Schedule: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Circus Finelli Performances: 12pm and 2pm in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo (Clorox Wildlife Theater). Shows are free with general Zoo admission
  • Stomper the Elephant from the Oakland A's will be onsite 11am-1pm!
  • All of the funds raised will support the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.
  • The Oakland A's are a proud sponsor of Celebrating Elephants at Oakland Zoo.


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