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 and partnered with Sanctuary Supplies to give you a more detailed list of items our animals would like to have. Please help us by donating products from the list below either through Sanctuary Supplies, Amazon, or by dropping them off at the Zoo. Remember, the sizes of many of these enrichment items are much larger than regular pet toys.

Wish List

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. Our bison herd particularly loves baguettes, and many others enjoy playing with cereal. 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.


Browse is also used as food and/or toys (enrichment) by many of our animals. These two lists represent plants and trees that people usually contact us about. We prefer browse to be freshly cut, not dried up and old. If possible, please leave branch length around 5 to 8 feet. We do not accept branches over 3 inches in diameter. We can not make pick-ups for small yard trimmings, but we will make a pickup for large dump truck loads. If you are having a tree company do work at your house, please have the tree company call us directly. We do not accept individual Christmas Trees, as we work with Christmas Tree lots directly to receive their leftovers. If you have something that is not on the list, please contact us.

For more information on browse donations, please contact Keeper staff at (510) 632-9525 x266.

Plants Commonly Used

Plants NOT USED Due to Toxicity