Donate Goods for Animals

The Oakland Zoo benefits from a diverse array of donated goods, food and vehicles from individuals, community groups and companies. Your donations help keep our animal commissary stocked with tasty food and fun "toys" for our animals. Using these toys, or enrichment, contributes to a healthy animal by keeping their minds active and engaged.

Our Partners

Produce and Baked Goods

We work with many partners, including grocery stores, wholesale butchers, and produce vendors. If you would like to set up a recurring donation, please phone our Commissary at (510) 632-9525 x215.


Oakland Zoo also partners with Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS) to process vehicle donations that generate ongoing funding to support our work. Learn more »

We strive to keep our animals happy and engaged.

Enrichment Items

Animal Fun

Just like we try to make sure our visitors have fun at the Zoo, we strive to keep our animals happy and engaged. We give each animal customized treats and toys, or enrichment, to keep their minds and bodies active. Oakland Zoo has created an Amazon Wish List with a detailed list of items our animals would like to have that you can purchase on our behalf. Remember, the sizes of many of these enrichment items are much larger than regular pet toys.

Did you know that bison love baguettes?

Produce, Browse, and Bakery Items

Eating for Enrichment

Produce and Bakery Goods

Produce and bakery goods are used to feed our animals as well as for certain enrichment activities. We will take any produce items that are relatively fresh, except for onions (green onions and leeks are okay), limes, lemons, and herbs. Remember that animals don't care about bruises! Produce doesn't have to look good for them to eat it. We'll also take bread and bakery items, dried fruit, nuts and cereals. Please, no rotten or moldy foods.

For more information on produce and bakery donations please contact the Commissary Department at (510) 632-9525 x215.

Tree Branches (Browse)

Tree branches (browse) are also used as food and/or toys (enrichment) by many of our animals. At this time we are not picking up from residential households, but we are accepting deliveries of edible branches. We do not accept individual Christmas Trees, as we work with Christmas Tree lots directly to receive their leftovers.

Click here for a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions about browse donations.