Press Release: 04/01/2014

April-July Events at the Zoo

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org


Every Saturday and Sunday, join us for Animal Encounters in the Clorox Wildlife Theatre. Oakland Zoo’s “Animal Encounters” live animal presentation happens each Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 12:15pm. This program runs April through October. Presentations are weather dependent. Times may vary from season to season, please check our Calendar of Events for specific details, www.oaklandzoo.org. All shows are free with Zoo Admission. Contact: Felicia Walker, email: felicia@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Zoo’s Spring Break ZooCamp
March 31-April 2 or 14-16: Zoofari
April 3-4 or April 17-18: Nature Play
Looking for something fun and educational for the kids to do during Spring Break? Why not check out the Oakland Zoo’s Spring Break ZooCamp? It’s all the fun of summer ZooCamp packed into one day workshops! Activities will include Zoo tours, animal close-ups, crafts, puppet play, costumes, and song sessions. Your child will learn about animals, nature, and how they can help protect wild places while having a fun packed day. Grades: K – 5. For registration details, call (510) 632-9525 ext 280 or go to www.oaklandzoo.org

ZooKids: Bugs & Butterflies
Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:30am – 12:00pm
Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo.
Program Description: Did you know that a beautiful butterfly is actually a bug? Or that bugs and insects aren’t always the same thing? There are millions of different types of bugs, and we love them all! Explore the fascinating world of bugs, learn about the many different types, and understand the very important role they play in keeping the plants and animals where they live healthy. ZooKids classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Each ZooKids class is offered twice per month to accommodate more participants. Each month has a different theme and classes are designed so that children can come to multiple classes without repeating the same activities. Pre-registration is required. Program fee is $26.00. Parking is $7.00. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at: info@oaklandzoo.org

Earth Day 2014: Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00am – 3:00p
Celebrate Earth Day with Oakland Zoo with a Party for the Planet. Explore a wide variety of hand-on Earth Stations, visit with local environmental organizations, get your face painted, observe beautiful animals and enjoy a day of education and fun. Marvel at a show by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland. Play with the gigantic earth ball. See live animal presentations. When people and animals learn to live together sustainably, it is a true party for the planet. This Earth Day event is included with regular Zoo admission. Plus, recycle an old cell phone and receive a free train ride. For more information, call (510) 632-9525 ext. 122 or go to www.oaklandzoo.org

Green Event: Arroyo Viejo Creek Crew Work Day at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, April 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Come to the Arroyo Viejo Creek and experience the local habitat, while helping it thrive. Grab your gardening gloves and help clean up the creek. We will work in rain or shine, so come prepared! Wear close-toed shoes that can get dirty. Don't forget your water and snacks. Gloves and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. One adult chaperone is required for every 4 youth volunteers, 13 years of age and younger as well as one for every 8 youth volunteers between 14 - 18 years of age. Participants receive a free pass to the Zoo at Noon. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. The creek is located to the right of the main entrance. Meet at the Arroyo Viejo Creek sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Chantal Burnett at (510) 632-9525, ext. 209 or cburnett@oaklandzoo.org.

Teddy Bear Tea Party
April 20, May 11 and 24, June 14
Times: 9:30 am - noon
Cost: Children: $26; Adults: $12 Registration: Pre-registration is required.
It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Bring an adult, bring your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at: info@oaklandzoo.org

ZooKids: Bugs & Butterflies
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:30am – 12:00pm
Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo. Program Description: Did you know that a beautiful butterfly is actually a bug? Or that bugs and insects aren’t always the same thing? There are millions of different types of bugs, and we love them all! Explore the fascinating world of bugs, learn about the many different types, and understand the very important role they play in keeping the plants and animals where they live healthy. ZooKids classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Each ZooKids class is offered twice per month to accommodate more participants. Each month has a different theme and classes are designed so that children can come to multiple classes without repeating the same activities. Pre-registration is required. Program fee is $26.00. Parking is $7.00. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at: info@oaklandzoo.org.

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, April 26, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for “Bee Movie.” Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525, ext 220.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents: Saving the Condor
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
The California condor is a unique species with an inspiring conservation story and difficult current conservation challenges. Join Joe Burnett, Senior Biologist, Ventana Wildlife Society and Dr. Andrea Goodnight of Oakland Zoo as we learn how the joint efforts of U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Ventana Wildlife Society, Pinnacles National Park, Oakland Zoo, and other zoos and environmental organizations in the Western U.S. are saving the 218 California condors now soaring in the wild. Location: Oakland Zoo’s Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Program Fee: $12.00 – $20.00 sliding scale. Tickets at the door. For more info contact: Amy at 510-632-9525, ext 122 or amy@oaklandzoo.org

May

Every Saturday and Sunday, join us for Animal Encounters in the Clorox Wildlife Theatre.
Our “Animal Encounters” live animal presentation happens each Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 12:15pm. This program runs April through October. Presentations are weather dependent. Times may vary from season to season, please check our Calendar of Events for specific details. All shows are free with Zoo Admission. Contact: Felicia Walker Email: felicia@oaklandzoo.org

ZooKids: Cool Cats
Saturday, May 10, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo. Program Description: Do you have whiskers, claws, and sharp teeth? Cats do! Learn why these are important adaptations for these magnificent animals as we explore the many different types of cats that are found all around the world. ZooKids classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Each ZooKids class is offered twice per month to accommodate more participants. Each month has a different theme and classes are designed so that children can come to multiple classes without repeating the same activities. Pre-registration is required. Program fee is $26.00. Parking is $7.00. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext 280 or email us at info@oaklandzoo.org

Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo
May 11 and 24, June 14
Times: 9:30 am - noon
Cost: Children: $26; Adults: $12
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Bring an adult, bring your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at: info@oaklandzoo.org

Mother’s Day at Oakland Zoo
Sunday, May 11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
In celebration of Moms on Mother's Day, Oakland Zoo is offering all Moms a free train ride on the Outback Express Adventure Train where one can see wallaroos and emus up close. Spending a day at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. Bring the whole family to see gibbons gallivant, lemurs leap, and elephants explore. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525

Green Event: Arroyo Viejo Creek Crew Work Day at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, May 17, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Come to the Arroyo Viejo Creek and experience the local habitat, while helping it thrive. Grab your gardening gloves and help clean up the creek. We will work in rain or shine, so come prepared! Wear close-toed shoes that can get dirty. Don't forget your water and snacks. Gloves and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. One adult chaperone is required for every 4 youth volunteers, 13 years of age and younger as well as one for every 8 youth volunteers between 14 - 18 years of age. Participants receive a free pass to the Zoo at Noon. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. The creek is located to the right of the main entrance. Meet at the Arroyo Viejo Creek sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Chantal Burnett at (510) 632-9525, ext. 209 or cburnett@oaklandzoo.org

Celebrating Elephants Reception, Lecture & Silent Auction
Saturday, May 17: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join Oakland Zoo for our 18th Annual Celebrating Elephants evening event to raise awareness and funds for the magnificent African elephant. Dr. Vicki Fishlock, Research Associate, Amboseli Trust for Elephants will be our inspirational guest speaker. Dr. Fishlock will present her experience working with African elephants as part of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya. The evening will include refreshments and wonderful auction items. Location: Oakland Zoo’s Marian Zimmer Auditorium. Program Fee: $40, tickets purchased at the door. Please park in the lower parking lot of the Zoo and proceed to the Zimmer Auditorium. For more info contact: Genny Greene at 510-632-9525, ext. 122 or amy@oaklandzoo.org. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 www.oaklandzoo.org

ZooKids: Cool Cats
Saturday, May 17, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo. Program Description: Do you have whiskers, claws, and sharp teeth? Cats do! Learn why these are important adaptations for these magnificent animals as we explore the many different types of cats that are found all around the world. ZooKids classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Each ZooKids class is offered twice per month to accommodate more participants. Each month has a different theme and classes are designed so that children can come to multiple classes without repeating the same activities. Pre-registration is required. Program fee is $26.00. Parking is $7.00. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext 280 or email us at info@oaklandzoo.org.

Summer Weekend Hours Begin at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, May 24, 2014

(Saturdays and Sundays only) 10:00am – 5:30pm
It is summer time and Oakland Zoo will be open later on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend so that you have more time to enjoy the all that the Zoo has to offer. For more information, call (510) 632-9525 or go to www.oaklandzoo.org

Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo
May 24, June 14
Times: 9:30 am - noon
Cost: Children: $26; Adults: $12
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
Are you looking for a new way to experience Oakland Zoo with your child? Then come to our Teddy Bear Tea party! You, your child, and his or her favorite stuffed animal will enjoy a morning of, activities, play, and learning about bears. We will make enrichment gifts for the zoo's sun bears and watch them enjoy the treats we prepared. Your child will also receive a special Teddy Bear treat bag to take home. It'll be so much fun, you and your kids will hardly be able to bear it! Visit oaklandzoo.org for details.

Celebrating Elephants Day at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00am-3:00pm
Come to Oakland Zoo for our annual Celebrating Elephants event! Family friendly activities will include exciting elephant stations such as touching gigantic pachyderm bones, holding an eleven-pound tooth, and stepping into an elephant-sized footprint. Grab binoculars and participate in a mock research camp where observers are invited to watch and record behaviors, and they can learn how to tell our four elephants apart. Plus, experience the once-a-year opportunity to tour the elephant barn and see an elephant up close. This event is included with regular Zoo admission. Elephant Barn Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 16 years old. Tickets available at Flamingo Plaza and at the Elephant Exhibit. See website for schedule. Contact: Genny Greene. Email: genny@oaklandzoo.org

Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo
Friday, May 30, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525, ext. 220

June

Every Saturday and Sunday, join us for Animal Encounters in the Clorox Wildlife Theatre. Our “Animal Encounters” live animal presentation happens each Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 12:15pm. This program runs April through October. Presentations are weather dependent. Times may vary from season to season, please check our Calendar of Events for specific details. All shows are free with Zoo Admission. Contact: Felicia Walker Email: felicia@oaklandzoo.org

Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, June 14
Times: 9:30 am - Noon
Cost: Children: $26; Adults: $12
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited! Bring an adult, bring your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at: info@oaklandzoo.org

Father's Day at Oakland Zoo
Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:00am – 4:00pm
Looking for something to get Dad for Father’s Day? How about a trip to the Oakland Zoo? To celebrate Father's Day, fathers get to ride the Outback Express Adventure Train for free. Take dad on a stroll to the lion deck, check out the alligator exhibit, or see the chimpanzees. Father’s Day at Oakland Zoo is a way to surprise dad with a gift he will never forget. For more information, call (510) 632-9525 or go to www.oaklandzoo.org

5th Annual Oakland Senior Summer Free Day
Monday, June 16, 2014 10:00am – 4:00pm
Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to the Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo’s Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland City Council member Larry Reid. Parking is free to Oakland Seniors (65+). All other guests must pay regular admission. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Oakland Zoo Closed
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:00am – 5:30pm
Oakland Zoo will be closed during normal business hours as we prepare for our annual fundraiser, Walk in the Wild. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Walk in the Wild at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, June 21, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm Patron Party
5:00pm - 10:00pm Main Event
Enjoy the Zoo like never before. Now in its twenty-second year, Walk in the Wild - An Epicurean Escapade is one of the Bay Area’s premier fundraising events. Experience the close to 100 different restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries, and brew houses that will offer samples as you listen to live music and enjoy the Zoo. This adult-only (21+) event supports the Oakland Zoo’s conservation, education, and animal care programs. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, June 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of Zoovie magic with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium for “Ice Age.” Meet some of our nocturnal Education animals brought to you by Roosevelt, Oakland Zoo's costumed alligator mascot. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Let the show begin! $7 per adult and $7 per child to cover the costs of the Animal close-up program and snacks. If your group has 4 or more people, the price is $6 per adult and $6 per child. Note that the movies are a complimentary addition to the evening’s activities. Pre-registration is required. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525, ext 220

July

Every Saturday and Sunday, join us for Animal Encounters in the Clorox Wildlife Theatre. Our “Animal Encounters” live animal presentation happens each Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 12:15pm. This program runs April through October. Presentations are weather dependent. Times may vary from season to season, please check our Calendar of Events for specific details. All shows are free with Zoo Admission. Contact: Felicia Walker Email: felicia@oaklandzoo.org

Family Sundown Safari
Saturday, July 12 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:00pm-10:00am
Program Dates: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9
Program Fee: $85.00 per person
Pre-registration required. Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525

11th Annual Healthy Living Festival presented by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00am – 2:00pm
This event is made possible by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County. All participants must register to participate. Visit http://usoac.org/hlf.html for more information. United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC) is a grassroots intergenerational organization dedicated to empowering older adults to address the issues that affect their quality of life. As a community based organization, United Seniors has an established track record of fighting for the rights of older adults throughout Alameda County for more than 25 years. They have over 7,000 members, including individuals, chapters, and affiliates throughout the entire county. For more information visit http://usoac.org/hlf.html or call (510) 729-0852.

Creek Crew Work Day at Oakland Zoo
Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
Come to the Arroyo Viejo Creek and experience the local habitat, while helping it thrive. Grab your gardening gloves and help clean up the creek. We will work in rain or shine, so come prepared! Wear shoes that can get dirty. Shoes must be close-toed. Don't forget your water and snacks. Gloves and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. One adult chaperone is required for every 4 youth volunteers, 13 years of age and younger as well as one adult chaperone for every 8 youth volunteers between 14 - 18 years of age. Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605. The creek is located to the right of the main entrance. Meet at the Arroyo Viejo Creek sign. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Chantal Burnett at (510) 632-9525 ext 122 or cburnett@oaklandzoo.org

Family Sundown Safari
Saturday, July 19 - Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:00pm - 10:00am
Program Dates: July 19, 26 and August 2, 9
Program Fee: $85.00 per person
Pre-registration required.Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo.This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

5th Annual Oakland Senior Summer Free Day
Monday, July 21, 2014 10:00am – 4:00pm
Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo’s Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland City Council member Larry Reid. Parking is free to Oakland Seniors (65+). All other guests must pay regular admission. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Feast for the Beasts
Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00am – 3:00pm
Primal Pet Foods Presents Feast for the Beasts at Oakland Zoo. Visitors are encouraged to donate fresh produce, such as apples, watermelon, grapes, carrots, lettuce or other delicious fruits and vegetables to help feed the animals. The first 250 guests will receive a golden ticket to spread produce in the elephant exhibit. Once all the food is in place, everyone exits the exhibit to watch the hungry herd chow down on their treats. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience that the Oakland Zoo is offering. This event is included with regular Zoo admission. **Note if weather or mud is a factor, guests will not be able to enter the elephant exhibit; other arrangements for the elephant feeding will be made. For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

Family Sundown Safari
Saturday, July 26 - Sunday, July 27, 2014 5:00pm - 10:00am
Program Dates: July 19, 26 and August 2, 9
Program Fee: $85.00 per person
Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! For more information go to www.oaklandzoo.org or call (510) 632-9525.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.

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