Oakland Zoo Conservation Efforts: On-Site Projects

Oakland Zoo is proud to be involved with active conservation projects right on our Zoo grounds. From observational research to habitat restoration to raise and release work, the Zoo is dedicated to our conservation vision of improving global health and preserving biodiversity.

Quarters for Conservation

Saving Wildlife with Each Visit: Each time you visit the animals at Oakland Zoo, you will be helping animals in the wild. Oakland Zoo has launched a new initiative called Quarters for Conservation, which will dramatically enhance our ability to support wildlife conservation. You, our members and visitors, will be part of this exciting evolution in conservation.

California Condor Recovery Program

In fall 2012, Oakland Zoo joined the California Condor Recovery Program to help rehabilitate sick or injured condors. A holding facility was constructed on Zoo grounds and Veterinary staff members were trained in proper procedures for treating lead poisoned birds. On May 1, 2014, Oakland Zoo received and treated it’s first California condor suffering from lead posioning.

Arroyo Viejo Creek Project

A clean and beautiful stretch of the Arroyo Viejo Creek runs through Oakland Zoo grounds, secretly flowing under the entrance road to the Park. The Arroyo Viejo Creek Restoration Project began with a mission to repair damaged and neglected stream areas by preventing bank erosion, increasing stability, and improving habitat for creek wildlife.

Make the Conservation Connection

Did you know that each visitor to Oakland Zoo is connected to each of our animals? It is true! Actions we all take each day affect the lives of animals all over the world. Oakland Zoo is the perfect place to make that connection. We invite you to read our Connection Messages. These messages include information about the threats animals face in both the wild and captivity, and what Oakland Zoo is doing to help. Most importantly, these messages help visitors understand their own connection to each species, and what they can do to help as individuals.

Western Pond Turtle

Oakland Zoo is excited to be part of the first Western Pond Turtle head starting program in California. Each nesting season, Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Zoo and Sonoma State students spend a month tracking, marking and monitoring gravid female turtles.

Mountain Yellow-Legged frog

The Mountain Yellow-Legged frog, which once hopped throughout California’s upper elevations have dropped more than 90 percent in the past decade due to chytrid, a skin fungus that thickens the frog’s skin so they can’t breathe. Researchers at San Francisco State University have developed a treatment for the fungus, a bacterial bath that so far seems to help frogs fight off infection. Oakland Zoo will be aiding in the conservation of these frogs in their native habitat and helping to conduct the anti-fungal baths in the Zoo’s Biodiversity Center.

Puerto Rican Crested Toad

The Puerto Rican Crested Toad (PRCT) was once common throughout Puerto Rico and Virgin Gorda. Unfortunately, habitat loss and the introduction of the non-native animals have led to a major decline. Oakland Zoo, in partnership with the AZA, is breeding Puerto Rican Crested Toads (Peltophryne lemur) whose offspring will be released into the wild in Puerto Rico.

Mountain Lion Initiative

The status of mountain lions is very much in question. The true health of populations in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America is virtually unknown. Oakland Zoo has established an excellent working relationship with various mountain lion-based organizations in and around the bay area, as well as with staff of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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

Conservation On-Site

Quarters for Conservation

CA Condor Recovery Program

Arroyo Viejo Creek Project

Make the Connection

Western Pond Turtle

Mountain Yellow Legged Frog

Puerto Rican Crested Toad

Mountain Lion Initiative

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