What Animal Welfare Means to Us

At home and around the world, Oakland Zoo works hard to constantly provide the best in animal welfare practices and programs. Whether in captivity—or living in the wild—every animal deserves a home that fosters the best quality of life, through both physical and psychological well-being.

"...Oakland Zoo has long prioritized common sense and welfare, and PETA looks forward to continued collaboration on improving the welfare of captive wildlife across the U.S."

Brittany Peet, Esq., Director, Captive Animal Law Enforcement

PETA Foundation

Rescue and Sanctuary

We provide care, rehabilitation and sanctuary for animals rescued from human-wildlife conflict or natural disasters, like wildfires.

Standards of Care

We’ve pioneered new standards of care that improve our animals’ well-being; some of those standards are now used by zoos worldwide.

Legal Support

We partner with animal rights organizations to end animal abuse happening across the country, at venues like roadside zoos and traveling circuses.

Legislation

We lobby for legislature to protect animals at the local, state, national level, to enact laws that protect all animals, both in captivity and in the wild.

"Oakland Zoo has long prioritized common sense and welfare, and PETA looks forward to continued collaboration on improving the welfare of captive wildlife across the U.S."

Brittany Peet, Esq., Director, Captive Animal Law Enforcement

PETA Foundation

See our efforts locally, nationally, and globally.

Protect Elephants in Captivity

Oakland Zoo pioneered the protected-contact management method, a practice now benefitting elephants at zoos throughout the U.S. For decades, Oakland Zoo has been working hard to protect captive elephants everywhere from exploitation, mistreatment, and mismanagement. Learn more.  

Battle Animal Exploitation

Working closely with remarkable organizations like PETA and the Humane Society of the United States, Oakland Zoo plays a critical role in rescuing captive bears, lions, tigers, and other animals living in inhumane conditions. Learn more.

End Illegal Wildlife Trade

Wildlife trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry that benefits criminals at the expense of innocent animals. See what Oakland Zoo is doing nationally to end the illegal wildlife trade, and how you can help.

See our efforts here at the Zoo.

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Provide Sanctuary

Oakland Zoo provides life-saving medical care to wildlife from many species, including bears, mountain lions, California condors, and more. Many of these animals come to us as young orphans that cannot return to the wild, and have been given permanent sanctuary at the Zoo.

Advance Animal Health and Well Being

At Oakland Zoo, training and enrichment is based on the affective experience of every animal. Learn about our species-specific programs, recognized for excellence worldwide. 

Create Holistic Habitats

Based on how each species lives in nature, Oakland Zoo strives to create expansive habitats that engage all aspects of an animal's life—physically, socially, and psychologically.

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