The Green Zoo

Oakland Zoo strives to teach "going green" by being green ourselves. From composting to solar power, we strive to be a leader in sustainable activities and practices.

Planting for Wildlife

The Oakland Zoo shares a concern for the future of pollinating insects such as bees, beetles and butterflies with other AZA accredited institutions, and is a founding member of the Butterfly Conservation Initiative. To support pollinators and other wildlife, the zoo has planted two blooming butterfly gardens, a variety of natives all over the zoo grounds, and is in the planning stages of creating an expansive, ecological recovery zone.

Solar Power

Solar panels allow us to power our Education Center and animal talking boxes. Through the PG&E Solar Schools Program, a special educational solar panel teaches guests about alternative energy through a connected kiosk in Maddie's Center for Science and Environmental Education.

Reduce, Reuse Recycle

Reducing, reusing and recycling are practices the Oakland Zoo takes seriously. Using less resources and creating less waste is good for the environment, animals, and people, as well as our budget.

The Green Cafe

The Island Cafe, near the front entrance of the zoo, is eco-friendly in many ways, so your snack is good for your family and wildlife.

Food is served on biodegradable plates. Utensils, cups and food containers are also biodegradable, meaning they will completely go back to nature when deposited in the composting bins outside of the cafe.

Onsite Composting

What do we do with our heaps of herbivore poop? We create soil! Our on-site composting program diverts tons of waste from landfills.

Food is served on biodegradable plates. Utensils, cups and food containers are also biodegradable, meaning they will completely go back to nature when deposited in the composting bins outside of the cafe.

Shopping for the Planet

Our gift shop offers a unique selection of green products and international wares that support environmentally sustainable living.

In the Field N. America

In the Field Africa

In the Field Asia

In the Field L. America

In the Field Global

The Green Zoo

Solar Power

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Green Cafe

Onsite Composting

Plant for Wildlife

Shopping for the Planet

Conservation On-Site

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