Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo

children's zoo Located at the Lower Entrance 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 alligators; what will you find? Quietly search the Reptile and Amphibian room; what will you hear? Watch the otters swim and play in the Otter Den, see what it feels like to crawl through a tortoise shell, hop across the Lily Pad Pond, uncover ancient life-sized fossils, and cross the wooden rope bridge to see the lemurs relaxing in the sun. Don’t forget to stop by the play structure and climb on the spiderweb or head down to the Contact Yard and gently pet the goats and sheep.

Find out what’s on the stage of the Clorox WildLife Theater! You may find a live animal encounter, Zoo Triva hosted by our Teen Wild Guides or a fun family performance to sit and enjoy.

Live Animal Encounters As you make your way through the zoo have an experience like no other. Meet one of our staff or Docents while they bring around small animals for you to have an up close encounter!

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

African Savannah

Rain Forest

Children's Zoo

California Trail

Animal Feedings

Wildlife Theater

Rides Area

Animal Care


Veterinary Hospital

Facility Rentals


History & Future Planning

East Bay Zoological Society

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