Our African Savanna is located up the hill to the left, just behind the giraffes. Here you’ll find an enormous four-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.
Animal Feeding Times
The African Savanna is a large open grassland with scattered shrubs and trees, and usually has a very rainy season and a very dry season. There are several different types of savannas around the world. The savanna that most people are familiar with (and is represented at the Zoo) is the savanna of east Africa.
Here you will find amazing wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions. In the wild, herbivores (animals that eat plants) need vast areas of land to accommodate the large numbers of animals living in the herd. During the dry season they walk many miles to find enough food and water for all the members of the group. Where ever there are herbivores, there are sure to be carnivores (animals that eat meat) close behind. During the rainy season food and water is plentiful and many species meet by the ponds and lakes that appear. Here at the Zoo, we provide plenty of food, water, and shelter from the hot sun, as well as enough space to roam around.
The Oakland Zoo is committed to providing the best animal care and species specific habitats for all of our animals. In the wild animals are always using their senses to detect potential danger or food in their surroundings. In an effort to replicate these natural behaviors animals are introduced to different smells, sounds, textures, and tastes. These sensory stimulating objects are called enrichment items. Look for these items next time you visit.
We gratefully accept donations of goods that serve as enrichment items.
Lion Appreciation Day
We love lions! Do you? Come to Oakland Zoo on Saturday, August 12th, for “Lion Appreciation Day” to celebrate African lions as well as our own local mountain lions!
August 12, 2017
Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate programs for campers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and High School. We also offer a multi-grade nature exploration class. Campers should register based on their grade in Fall 2017.
June, July, August 2017
Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
P.O. Box 5238
9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605
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