Friends of the Wild

Friends of the Wild ensure the wellbeing of Oakland Zoo’s resident animals, enable us to save wildlife locally and globally, and support meaningful community engagement and learning. Our closest circle of donors enjoy our most generous benefits, including free transferable daytime admission for four adults and four children. Giving starts at $1,000.

If renewing a Friends of the Wild gift, our team will connect your new donation to your existing membership and renew at the corresponding level.

Learn about the benefits of giving.















All Giving Levels

Transferable Zoo Membership

Any four adults, age 18 or older, and four children, age 17 and younger

Free year-round daytime admission and free parking with no advanced reservations required

Special Access

For four individuals:

Summer Early Entry (Memorial Day–Labor Day)

Glowfari Lantern Festival


Gift Shop, ZooCamp, Education programs, and select special events, such as Glowfari

Discounted admission at over 125 zoos and aquariums nationwide

Annual Recognition

In Oakland Zoo's Impact Report

Exclusive Invitations

To special experiences, previews, and Friends of the Wild receptions throughout the year

Curator Giving Level and Above

Zoo or Vet Hospital Tour

For up to four people so you can learn about the Zoo’s programs for animal wellbeing, conservation and rescue

Veterinarian Giving Level and Above

Intimate Behind-the-Scenes Gathering

Invitation for up to four people to experience the level of care we provide our resident animals and rescued wildlife

While benefits may evolve occasionally, the spirit of our gratitude remains the same.

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