Over 660 animals reside in Oakland Zoo (one hundred and sixty species), each requiring a different meal:
- Large cats such as lions and tigers, along with vultures, eat different types of meat
– pork neck bones, ground meat, chicken, and more.
- Fruit bats eat fruits like cantaloupes, apples, and pears.
- Chimpanzees and sun bears eat different types of fruits and vegetables. Sun bears will also eat small amounts of insects and meat.
- Giraffes eat edible tree parts (browse), different types of grass hays, and small amounts of chopped vegetables.
- Warthogs eat different types of vegetables, small amounts of fruit, and small types of grass hays.
- Carnivores (meat eaters) consume dead rabbits, guinea pigs, deer, pig feet and skulls, and horse meat.
- Herbivores (plant eaters) have a sweet tooth. This allows the keepers to insert medications in their meals such as hiding pills in Fig Newtons.
- Food is donated or purchased, from different vendors such as “U.S. Foods,” “Concord Feed,” “North Bay Meat,” and other vendors. For some of the animals, keepers use branches and leaves found on Zoo grounds.
Do you want to feed our animals? You can at our upcoming Feast for the Beasts event – bring in fruits and vegetables and watch as our elephants and other animals enjoy your treats. Find out more here.