Planning Your Visit

We are so glad that you are planning a trip to Oakland Zoo! The Zoo itself sits inside 525-acre Knowland Park and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. There's a lot to see and do while you're here. To make your time the most enjoyable it can be, please review the information below.

If you still have questions, please call us for more information at (510)632-9525

Important Zoo Guidelines

  • Dogs or other pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas. Service dogs are the exception and are allowed to enter Zoo grounds.
  • Although some of our pathways are steep and may be challenging, Oakland Zoo is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Strollers are available for rent at the Gift Shop, however we do not have wheelchairs for rent.


Winter Hours: Starting September 2, 2014

Zoo Hours:
Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
November 27 & December 25: Closed

Adventure Landing (Rides Area):
Weekdays: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends & Select Holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
November 27 & December 25: Closed

*Saturday, June 20, 2015 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.

General Admission and Parking Fees

Children Under 2 & adults 80+: Free
Children ages 2-14 & Seniors 65-79: $11.75
Adults 15-64: $15.75
Parking: $8.00 per car / $12.00 per bus.
Pre-Order Tickets Online: Download and submit this form form to us via email, fax or regular mail.

25 cents from each admission helps conservation in the wild. See our Admissions page for detailed admission prices or to find out about special discounts for military families and groups of 12 or more.


Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located just off Highway 580 in Oakland. You can reach the Zoo by car, bike, or public transportation.

Rules, Restrictions, and Closures

The Zoo is open to the public year round except for Saturday, June 22,2013 (annual fundraiser), Thanksgiving, and Christmas so staff may spend the holidays with their families. We want each and every trip to the Zoo to be safe, educational, exciting, and unforgettable. We ask that all visitors adhere to all of the rules and regulations we have set forth for the protection and safety of all the people and the animals. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may be forced to close. Call (510) 632-9525 to reach the General Zoo Information line.

Please note: Dogs or other pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds or in parking areas. Service dogs are allowed to enter Zoo grounds.

Dining at the Zoo

Oakland Zoo features a variety of dining opportunities for the entire family. In addition to the food options inside the Zoo, visitors are welcome to use the picnic tables and benches, sprawl out in the meadow, or rent a Picnic Site.

Please note: For the safety of the animals, the Zoo does not provide straws or soft drink lids.

Our Next Event: ZooLights

Visit Oakland Zoo for our annual holiday light show extravaganza, ZooLights!

Custom Photo Books

The Oakland Zoo now has a website where you can upload your own photos and create custom made photo books, calendars, and posters of your experience at the Zoo. Check out our fun new website at 25% of each sale is donated back to the Oakland Zoo!

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