Feast for the Beasts

Visit Oakland Zoo for our next annual event, Feast for the Beasts!

Visitors are encouraged to bring fresh produce to the animals. The first 250 guests through the door will receive a special ticket to place produce inside the elephant exhibit. Each child who donates produce will receive a free ride ticket, too!

An Oakland Zoo Tradition

Oakland Zoo’s bi-annual “Feast for the Beasts” event gives guests the opportunity to place produce in the elephant exhibit and watch them dine. The first 250 guests to arrive receive a special ticket to enter the elephant exhibit and spread produce throughout. Then, stick around to watch the 9,000 pound pachyderms devour watermelons, grapes, apples, lettuce, tomatoes, and other fabulous fruits and vegetables. Visitors can learn amazing facts about animals and watch animal feedings throughout Oakland Zoo.

*Please note elephants are not inside the exhibit during produce spread.

Check out photos from past years' Feast for the Beasts events at Oakland Zoo!

“Feast for the Beasts” Daily Details

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Special tickets will be handed out to the first 250 guests starting at 9:00am.

**In the event of mud or rain, entering the elephant exhibit will be prohibited and our keepers will distribute the produce. Based on current forecasts, we are anticipating the exhibit will be muddy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Feeding Schedule below is subject to change:

  • 10:30am Elephant Feeding
  • 11:00am Bat Feeding
  • 11:30am Black throated monitor
  • 11:30am Giraffe Feeding
  • 11:45am Meerkat Feeding
  • 12:45pm Baboon Feeding
  • 1:00pm Tiger Feeding
  • 1:15pm Otter Feeding
  • 1:30pm Lemur Feeding
  • 2:00pm Alligator Feeding
  • 3:30pm Sun Bear Feeding
Produce to Bring for the Elephants

Carrots, apples, ripe bananas, kiwi, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, whole cabbage heads, celery stalks, sweet potato, pineapple, pomegranate, and oranges.

Admission Prices:

This event is included with regular Zoo admission — regular admission prices to the Zoo are below:

  • Adults: $18.75
  • Children: $14.75
  • Children under age 2 and Seniors over age 76 are FREE.
  • Parking Fee is $10.00 (Free parking for members)
Thank you to our “Feast for the Beasts” Presenting Sponsor, Primal Pet Foods, Inc.