There is so much to explore at the Oakland Zoo. Maybe you want to visit a particular animal or play in the Children's Zoo. Perhaps you want to buy a snack from the Café and eat in the Meadow. Or maybe you want to ride the train or the rollercoaster.
If this is your first visit or even if you've been here before, you might want an Oakland Zoo Map to help you get around.
Some animals eat a lot of food several times a day, and some animals only need a little food once a day. Check out our animal feeding schedule to see when our team of zoo keepers and volunteers will be spreading out food for the animals.
The Oakland Zoo has more than just animals. We also have a Rides Area for adults and children to enjoy. From a rollercoaster, to a carousel, to the Outback Express Adventure Train, we have many rides that are tons of fun.
The African Veldt is a focal point of the Zoo. Its central location makes an easily accessible meeting point for your family and friends. Here in this large open area, you will find our beautiful herd of giraffes, elands, egyptian geese, and other wild birds who have decided to drop in for the day. While viewing the animals, feel free to rest on a bench and enjoy a tasty treat or cool beverage from the ice cream/water cart.
The African Savannah is located up the hill to the left, just behind the giraffes. Here you will find an enourmous 4-acre area for our amazing elephants, a spacious tree-filled enclosure for our lions, an aviary filled with beautiful birds, and a quiet home for our zebras. As you explore this area, please take note of the beautiful and unique plant life that is native to the African Savannah.
As part of the African Savnnah, this area contains a special replica of a traditional african home of the Kikuyu tribe of East Africa. Here can explore and discover more about the life of the local peoples. Grab a snack or refreshing beverage from the African Savannah Café and take a moment to eat or rest under the pavillion. Restrooms are also located in this area. Before you go, don't forget to see the Vervet Monkeys, sneak through the Savannah Reptile cave, spy on the Hyenas, and crawl through the special Meerkat viewing tunnel.
As you explore this area of the Zoo, you will notice naturalistic rockwork, vines, climbing structures and lush foliage. Animals like our Chimpanzee, White-Handed Gibbon, Siamang, Cotton-Topped Tamarin, and Squirrel Monkeys live, climb, eat, and relax high in the tree tops. You will also find several types of bird and reptile species in this area as well as our majestic tiger enclosure complete with pond and waterfall.
Australia is home to some amazing and unique animals. Here at the Zoo you will find Emus and Wallaroos roaming about. Want to see them? Jump on the Outback Express Adventure Train (located in the Rides Area), sit back, and relax as you tour "Wild Australia".
This four acre exhibit, located within the Oakland Zoo, is part zoo, part children's museum, and part playground. Designed to be a fanciful world of discovery, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo encourages children to learn through exploration and play. Tired and hungry from all the exploration? Grab some food from the Madagascar Trading Post and enjoy a relaxing picnic in the open space. Family Restrooms are located in this area to accomodate families with small children.
The Clorox Wildlife Theater is located in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo. This ampitheater is used for a variety of programs including: ZooCamp, Wildlife Assembly, live animal presentations, overnights, and special presentations for other Zoo wide events.
In 2014, Oakland Zoo plans to break ground on a transformational project, the California Trail that will further our commitments to animal care, education, and conservation.
Planning Your Visit
Explore The Zoo
History & Future Planning
East Bay Zoological Society