As you explore, notice the naturalistic rock work, vines, climbing structures and lush foliage. Animals like our chimpanzee, white-handed gibbon, siamang, cotton-topped tamarin, and squirrel monkeys live, climb, eat, and relax high in the tree tops. See several types of bird and reptile species and our majestic tiger enclosure complete with pond and waterfall.
White Handed Gibbon
Animal Feeding Times
Ever wonder why some of the enclosures have a river of water around them? Or, why the blue and gold macaws don't fly away? Well some species, like our white-handed gibbons and siamangs are not great swimmers. In the wild, they avoid crossing streams and rivers. In an effort to create the most natural space possible and keep them safe, the Oakland Zoo opted for a river instead of glass windows. It’s easier for you to view them, it’s not as much work to take care of, and it’s more natural for them. As for the macaws—we have taught them that spending time on their ever-changing cluster of trees is rewarding and safe. Because of this, we do not need to trim their wing feathers. The keepers join the macaws on exhibit multiple times throughout the day and offer them snacks, novel things to chew on, positive opportunities to interact, and other enrichment that makes their exhibit exciting all day long!
It takes a lot of work to create and maintain a great space for our animals. We are always in need of dedicated individuals who are passionate about animals. If you have some spare time and don't mind getting a little dirty, we would love for you to join our Animal Care Volunteer and Intern Opportunities.
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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