Located at the Lower Enterance of the Zoo, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo encourages children to learn through exploration and play. Discover and follow animal footprints as they meander through the Zoo; where will they lead? Dig in the sand next to the nest of alligator eggs; what will you find? Quietly search the Reptile and Amphibian room; what will you hear? Watch the otters swim, play in the Otter Den, see the alligators from underneath the waterline, hop accross the Lilly Pad Pond, uncover ancient life-sized fossils, and cross the wooden rope bride to see the lemurs relaxing in the sun. Don't forget to stop by the play strucure and climb on the spiderweb or head down to gently pet the goats and sheep.
While exploring and playing in the Children's Zoo, you might come see a group of teens roving with artifacts or stationed near an animal. These amazing volunteers are our Teen Wild Guides. This program is great for anyone ages 13 and older who is passionate about animals and loves working with people.
Planning Your Visit
Explore The Zoo
History & Future Planning
East Bay Zoological Society