The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland off Highway 580, and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.
Summer Hours: May 25 - September 2
Zoo and Rides Area Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday*, Sunday, & Holidays: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Member "Wake up Zoo" for Members Only
Monday - Sunday*: 9:30am - 10:00am
Member "Wake up Zoo" for Members only allows members to enter the Zoo before the general public.
*Saturday, June 21, 2014 the Zoo is closed to prepare for our annual fundraiser, "Walk in the Wild". The Zoo is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day so staff may spend the holidays with their families.
The Zoo is open to the public year round except for Saturday, June 22,2013 (annual fundraiser), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you have questions about Zoo policy please review the General Information, Rules, and Restrictions page before visiting. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may be forced to close. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the General Zoo Information line.
For General Zoo Information: (510) 632-9525
Information on Becoming a Zoo Member: (510) 632-9525 x152
Information on Zoo Classes: (510) 632-9525 x200
Media, Marketing, or Filming Requests: (510) 632-9525 x130
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