General Info

Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland off Highway 580, and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.


Summer Hours of Operation (Saturday 5/27/17 thru Monday 9/4/17):

Monday through Friday:
Zoo Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wake Up Zoo Members Entry 9:30am (Membership Booth at Main Entrance only)
Adventure Landing (Rides Area): 11:00am - 5:00pm (thru June 9th)
Adventure Landing (Rides Area): 10:00am - 5:00pm (begin June 12th)
Gondola: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Last Ride Up) (Gondola opens June 5th)

Weekends & Holidays:
Zoo Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wake Up Zoo Members Entry 9:30am (Membership Booth at Main Entrance only)
Adventure Landing (Rides Area): 10:00am - 6:30pm
Gondola: 10:00am - 6:00pm (Last Ride Up) (Gondola opens June 5th)
Contact Yard: 10:00 - 4:00pm

Oakland Zoo is CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas, and for our annual fundraiser Walk in the Wild on June 24, 2017.

Rules, Restrictions, and Closures

The Zoo is open to the public year round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you have questions about Zoo policy please review the General Information, Rules, and Restrictions page before visiting. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may be forced to close. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the General Zoo Information line.

Zoo Contact Info

For General Zoo Information: (510) 632-9525
Information on Becoming a Zoo Member: (510) 632-9525 x152
Information on Zoo Classes: (510) 632-9525 x220
Media, Marketing, or Filming Requests: (510) 632-9525 x135

Transportation and Lodging

Using public transportation? Plan your trip using AC Tranist or 511 Trip Planner.
Not sure how to get here? Use Google Maps to get directions to the Oakland Zoo.
Need a place to stay? Find a hotel near the Oakland Zoo.

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