"Creepy" and "crawly" animals get a bad rap due to due to the long-standing phobias, myths, and superstitions. The Learning & Engagement Department at Oakland Zoo found a way to help children overcome their fear of snakes while developing empathy and promoting wellbeing for all animals.
In September 2023, the Zoo held its second Toss the Tusk event to raise awareness about the devastating effects of the illegal wildlife trade. Over 400 items were relinquished, but what happens to them afterwards?
Follow along as Oakland Zoo's head veterinarian, Dr. Alex Herman, shares the story of her team's recent travels to help a 10-year old rescued jaguar in the care of our conservation partner, ARCAS, in Guatemala.
The days are counting down, you're rushing to get your holiday shopping finished, don't worry - Oakland Zoo has you covered! We offer a variety of options that won't clutter the house, offer valuable experiences, and support animal conservation.
In September, Oakland Zoo lost one of our most beloved ambassador animals, Jenny the Sulphur-crested cockatoo. Sarah Lynn Bowser, our manager for Ambassador Animal Programs and one of Jenny’s closest trainers, shares her experience working with this charismatic bird.
Follow in the (very first) footsteps of Kendi, our brand new baby reticulated giraffe.
Revisit our most memorable mountain lion rescue success stories, and check in with the mountain lions at their current furrever homes.
You've followed the stories of our rescued mountain lions, but what does it actually take to rehabilitate and raise these kittens?
Explore some of our favorite moments that chronicle the evolution of Oakland Zoo over the past 100 years.
Seeing an American black bear can be a memorable experience, but we need your help to keep bears wild and people safe. Learn from Oakland Zoo's black bears how to be "bear aware" on your next camping trip.
The popular, high-stakes drama distracts the audience from the most crucial point – the animals' inadequate care at roadside zoos.
The exploitation of wild animals as pets, exotic food ingredients, or medicine is ethically wrong, ecologically destructive, a serious threat to wildlife populations, and clearly one of the main causes of zoonotic disease. Oakland Zoo joins the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in taking a strong position on Illegal Wildlife Trade.
How can saying NO to plastic save sea turtles in Guatemala? Join Oakland Zoo in taking the #NoToPlastic pledge...animals of all types will thank you for it!
Only four to six weeks old, an orphaned mountain lion cub suffering from severe wildfire burns was discovered and rescued by a Cal Fire firefighter in an area the Zogg Wildfire burned through. He was brought to Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital for treatment and rehabilitation on September 30. Follow along as we do everything we can to nurse this little guy back to health!
Protecting the ever-threatened population of African Elephants takes perseverance and passion. That's why Amboseli Trust for Elephants became Oakland Zoo's very first Conservation Partner....and we've been defending wild elephants ever since.
Each year the U.S celebrates Latin American culture, heritage, and contributions to society September 15th – October 15th. In honor of Latin Heritage Month, here are 10 interesting facts about some of the Latin American animals we have at the zoo!
With wildfires raging throughout California, we want to share resources for guests and followers looking for ways to help animals threatened by these fires.
With many people sheltering in place only leaving their house for the essentials, we’ve observed wildlife expanding their territory and returning to places they haven’t been in some time. We can use these observations going forward to influence the decisions we make to protect our wildlife. Have you observed any changes to wildlife in your community or backyard?
We say goodbye to Jumokey, beloved zebra (1996-2020).
The popularity of Tiger King on Netflix shines a spotlight on the exotic pet trade, cub petting, and other wild animal attractions. These outdated practices are dangerous to humans and cruel and damaging to individual animals. Tigers, lions and other big cats, as well as bears, are all popular targets of this trade. Now that the public is paying attention, the animal welfare and conservation issue at the heart of this series must be addressed.
Learn about how the Zoo uses camera traps to monitor wildlife.
What a joy to live in one of the most biodiverse states in the country: California, where nature is all around us. We can see migrating birds right at Lake Merritt, or adventure to Big Sur to see the California condor. Whether our home is in an urban setting, or at the human-wildlife intersect, living with wildlife can be both a treasure and a challenge at times. Learn what you can do to coexist with native wildlife.
Called creepy, scary and spooky, bats often get a bad rap. However, these misunderstood creatures help us in ways you might not typically think.
The bison population in the United States has gone through fluctuation throughout centuries. Where does Oakland Zoo fit into this Conservation issue?
Caterina Meyers, Director of Education, talks about our future world leaders and their experience at Oakland Zoo and how Zoo Camp has shaped them into young conservationists.
Read about our conservation programs and partners in Africa and Colleen Kinzley's, Director of Animal Care, experiences in Africa
Black bears live in our Bay Area "backyard" and they need our help!
The Gondola here at Oakland Zoo has become an attraction in itself, overlooking multiple counties of the San Francisco Bay area and lifting guests to the newly opened California Trail in style! Here are 5 things you need to know about this sky high adventure.
Whatever word you use to describe it—poop, scat, dung, and so many more that we’re not going to say—“it” is fascinating and while it might be disgusting, it's also super useful! Here are #8 interesting things you probably didn't know about #2!
If you don't take a selfie at the zoo, did you even go? We've complied the Top 6 Selfie Spots at Oakland Zoo's California Trail for you to try out on your next visit. Happy posting!
In the spirit of inspiring others in Taking Action for Wildlife, Oakland Zoo's Conservation Department invites staffers from other zoo departments to join them on projects in the field. For this frog release, Sean Piverger, who works in the Operations Department, joined the Conservation team. Sean wrote this story of his experience!
I had an unforgettable experience as an intern. Three days a week for three months, I learned a lot about the animals in my string and the different enrichment and training techniques they use.
In honor Luigi, the Indian Muntjac, who turned 20 years old on July 25th, here is a list of 20 other things that also turn 20 this year!
Few experiences can affect teens as positively as international travel. Oakland Zoo has a history of inspiring teens with trips to exotic locations like Borneo, Guatemala, Peru, and Madagascar. This year, members of our Teen Wild Guide Program (TWGs) are currently on a trip in South Africa!
At Oakland Zoo/Conservation Society of California, we aim to take action for wildlife in many ways. One is by continually examining our dependency on single use plastics. Why? Plastics can have a direct negative affect on wildlife. Every year, millions of birds, marine mammals, fish and more are impacted by plastics.
Giraffes are amazingly unique animals, with a lot of interesting features and behaviors. Here are 7 things that you may have always been curious about when seeing these lanky long necks.
Wild wolves have been a passion of mine since I took a family trip to Alaska in the fourth grade. As a child, my life goal was to be ‘the Jane Goodall of wolves’. I was introduced to California Wolf Center in 2008 when I took a tour of the conservation center in Julian, CA.
Our Vice President of Conservation Amy Gotliffe explains why many of the rescued mountain lions we care for at the hospital can't be rereleased safely back into the wild.