East Bay Zoological Society

The Oakland Zoo was founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow. In 1936, Henry's son Sidney established the non-profit organization East Bay Zoological Society, which was originally known as the Alameda County Botanical and Zoological Society. The East Bay Zoological Society has been operating and managing the Zoo as a non-profit organization for the City of Oakland since 1982.

History


  • Over the past twenty-five years the East Bay Zoological Society has managed capital improvements to improve animal care and the visitor experience. The Zoo is comprised of three parts: the Rainforest, the African savanna, and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo. Animals live in expansive naturalistic habitats and include chimpanzees, sun bears, elephants, siamangs, gibbons, and a growing herd of giraffes. The Zoo is committed to providing an outstanding experience for Zoo visitors, being a leader in animal care, and delivering a rich array of education programs.
  • Since the East Bay Zoological Society took over management of the Zoo, the Oakland Zoo has gained international acclaim and national awards for its animal management and endangered species programs. In 1991, the Zoo pioneered protected contact which places barriers between the keepers and elephants and incorporates persuasion through rewards rather than discipline. The progress we have made and continue to make to this keystone program has garnered respect and approval from animal behaviorists around the world, and most importantly resulted in happy and healthy elephants.
  • The East Bay Zoological Society renewed a 30-year management agreement with the City of Oakland in 2011 to continue operating Oakland Zoo. The East Bay Zoological Society is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of dedicated volunteers who provide oversight of the organization's mission and policies.
  • Public support comes from the City of Oakland and East Bay Regional Parks District, which contributed 15% of the Zoo's 2010 operating budget of $11.3 million. Remaining funding comes from the community that supports and enjoys the Zoo including private individuals, foundations, corporations, and memberships. Annual public support allows admission prices to remain low, and therefore keeps this gem of the East Bay accessible to all economic levels of the community.
Board Member Directory


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

WILLIAM L. MARCHANT
Co-Chair

MEREDITH WALSH
Co-Chair

SEBASTIAN DIGRANDE
Vice Chair

RODRIGO J. PRUDENCIO
Secretary

PATRICK J. SHERWOOD
Treasurer

JOEL J. PARROTT, DVM
President & CEO

JON BALOUSEK
THOMAS J. BJORNSON
ERIK HARRIS
STEVEN E. KANE
MARIANNE LAOURI, PH.D.
DAVID LEE
MARK A. MCCLURE
PAMELA MINTZER
SANDRA PHAM
B. REID SETTLEMIER
LORA R. TABOR
KIRSTEN M. VITAL
SECIL WATSON
JIM WUNDERMAN
FOUNDATION BOARD

SKIP RHODES
President

JOANN HARLEY
Vice President

STACEY BARSEMA
PETER BERNHARD
KENNETH R. BETTS
WARREN A. "CHIP" BROWN
GINNY L. HAIR
JASON M. KNIGHT
GREG LASSONDE, CFRE
JACK MCABOY
ELEANOR MOORE
GERALD D. OVERAA
JON Q. REYNOLDS
CHARLES H. SEAMAN
A. HORTON SHAPIRO
PHILLIP H. TAGAMI
JAMES A. VOHS
FONG WAN
JOHN M. WOOLARD
GEORGE A. ZIMMER








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