Commercial Filming & Photography

Location scouts, the Oakland Zoo is the answer to your needs! The Oakland Zoo can accomodate film shoots, documentaries, photo shoots, etc. With an ever increasing portfolio of productions which have been filmed at Oakland Zoo, our reputation as a desirable choice for filming locations is growing rapidly. We are very film friendly and happy to accommodate production crews throughout the year.

Oakland Zoo offers a myriad of backdrops, from naturalistic to scenic Bay Area views. Our animals and our Keepers have been featured in many animal based content shows.

The Oakland Zoo site is located in Knowland Park, a 525-acre park offering a variety of backdrops for filming or photography purposes.

Oakland Zoo has been used as backdrops for various feature films, television series, documentaries, commercials, photo shoots and corporate films. Our credits include:

  • True Crime — Clint Eastwood — 1999 feature film
  • Animal Planet — segments for various television series
  • In Search of the Perfect Human Diet — Documentary
  • — Animal documentary stories featured online
  • View From The Bay — ABC 7 — San Francisco
  • Bay Area People — KTVU Fox 2 — Jack London Square
  • Eye on the Bay — CBS5 — San Francisco
  • Jim Travis Photography
  • Camargo Photography
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To learn more about how Oakland Zoo can help with your filming or photography requirements, please contact Oakland Zoo's PR Department at 510-632-9525; or Nancy Filippi:

Requests should be made two weeks in advance and include proposed locations, number of persons and equipment involved in the shoot, the activities you would like to film, date and time required for desired shoot.

The health and safety of our animals, guests and staff are our primary concern. Limitations may be set by various staff on a case-by-case basis. A customized fee schedule is applicable to all filming and photography that require extra staff time and disruption of Zoo operations.

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