Your donations ensure the health and well-being of Zoo animals, enable our community education, and fortify our conservation work locally and globally. Every gift makes a difference here at Your Zoo.

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Dedicate Your Gift

A gift in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion is always a thoughtful way to express your sentiments. We will send a letter to the person(s) you specify to let them know of your donation. We do not disclose the gift amount. We will also send you a receipt.

How to Donate by Phone

Please have your credit card handy and phone our Development Department at:

(510) 632-9525 x 154

Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you leave a message after hours, we will return the call.

How to Donate by Mail

Print and complete our donation form, and mail it with your check to:

Oakland Zoo

P.O. Box 5238

Oakland, CA 94605

Annual Fund Donation Form »

Friends of the Wild

Friends of the Wild members contribute a significant amount to our annual operating budget. Whether we’re running a bustling schedule of classes at the Zoo or preparing over 2,000 pounds of animal food a week, we couldn’t do it without our special Friends of the Wild. These members enjoy a long list of benefits—listed below—including free annual admission for four adults and four children that is transferable to friends and family. To become a member, donate $1,000 or more, and enjoy a wide range of benefits.

Friends of the Wild



Oakland Zoo Membership

Four Adults, Age 18 or Older and

up to Four Children, Age 17 and Younger

Free Admission

Year Round

362 days a year

Free Parking

Year Round

362 days a year

Summer Early Entry

Memorial Day–Labor Day

Enter 30 Minutes Before General Public

9:30 am


10% at the Gift Shop

Birthday Parties


Education Programs

Special Event Tickets

Reciprocal Benefits (List Below)

Discounted admission to over 125 zoos and aquariums nationwide

Private Event Invitations

Evening at the Zoo

Zoolights Celebration

Special Recognition

Donor Board in Flamingo Plaza

Annual Report

Friends of the Wild



All Benefits of Zoologist


Conservation Speaker Series

Free Admission for Two Adults

Docent Tour

Free Tour for Up to Six People




All Benefits of  Zoologist and Curator


Docent Tour to Donate

Free Tour for Up to Six People

Donate it to a School or Charity Event

Private Animal Feeding

For Up to Six People to Attend Free




All Benefits of Zoologist, Curator, and Veterinarian


Private Lunch and Tour

with Dr. Joel Parrott

Lunch and Tour for Up to Six People

Hosted by Dr. Parrott, CEO, Oakland Zoo




All Benefits of Zoologist, Curator, Veterinarian, and Director


Personalized Benefits

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More Ways to Give

Wills and Bequests

We make it easy to include Oakland Zoo in your plans. For more information, contact us.

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Take action for wildlife. Learn how you and your family you can help wildlife and our environment—at Oakland Zoo, in the Bay Area, and around the world.

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Donate Your Vehicle

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Adopt an Animal

Lend a loving hand by adopting an animal and becoming part of our growing Zoo Parent family.

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California Trail Tiles

Purchasers of custom tiles at California Trail can use the maps below to find the location of their tiles.

How to Find a Tile

Step 1: Look up the name of the person who purchased the tile in the Directory.
Step 2: Next to that name you’ll see the location and grid coordinates of the tile.
Step 3: Open the corresponding wall map, and use the grid coordinates to find your tile.

Directory »

Grizzly: Long Wall Map »

Grizzly: Short Wall Map »

Habitarium Wall Map »


Call Heather Baker at (510) 632-9525 x 158 or email Thank you to everyone who purchased tiles and helped us complete our fundraising for California Trail. Please Note: We are no longer offering tiles.