Are you a current Oakland Zoo member? As of January 17, 2024, Oakland Zoo Members and Friends of the Wild no longer need to make reservations to visit during regular daytime hours. From Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend, we are happy to offer Member Early Entry! Members can enter the Zoo starting at 9:00am. Please note the last day of Member Early Entry is Monday, September 2.

Are you considering becoming an Oakland Zoo Member? Membership is a great way to show your support for Oakland Zoo and is a great value! A Zoo membership pays for itself in as few as two visits.

All memberships start on the date of purchase and expire on the last day of the month, 12 months later. If you are purchasing this as a gift, be sure to enter the recipient's details when prompted for Membership Information and your own details when prompted for Billing Information.

About Membership


Free Daytime Admission*

Year Round

Free Parking

Year Round

Summer Early Entry

Memorial Day–Labor Day


10% at the Gift Shop


Education Programs

Special Event Tickets

Reciprocal Benefits

Discounted admission to our Association of Zoos & Aquariums reciprocal partners and Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Summer Early Entry

Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend

Membership Packages


Individual Membership

One Adult, Age 18 or Older


Dual Membership

Two Adults, Age 18 or Older

Two Named Cardholders
One Named Cardholder and One Guest**


Family & Friends Membership

Two Adults, Age 18 or Older and

up to Four Children, Age 2-17

Two Named Cardholders and Four Children
No Guest Option Available


Family & Friends Plus Membership

Three Adults, Age 18 or Older and

up to Four Children, Age 2-17

Three Named Cardholders
and Four Children
Two Named Cardholders,
Four Children, and One Guest**


Family & Friends Deluxe Membership

Four Adults, Age 18 or Older and

up to Four Children, Age 2-17

Four Named Cardholders
and Four Children
Three Named Cardholders,
Four Children, and One Guest**
Two Named Cardholders,
Four Children, and Two Guests**


Friends of the Wild

Transferable Membership for Four Adults, Age 18

or Older and up to Four Children, Age 2-17

One Named Cardholder - family and friends can visit using your card!
With your 100% tax-deductible donation, you'll receive the most generous benefits the zoo provides

$1,000 or more annually

In July 2021, Oakland Zoo's membership cards went digital! Switching to digital cards is a big step for conservation because it eliminates non-recyclable laminated paper cards and the accompanying letter.

Printed cards are no longer available.

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Friends of the Wild Donors

Joining or renewing your Friends of the Wild gift? Visit this page to complete your donation and enjoy the most generous benefits the Zoo offers, including transferable admission benefits, event invitations and more.

Admission Upgrade to Membership

Looking to upgrade from single day admissions tickets to a membership? Visit this page to submit your request to upgrade. Only tickets for the individuals that will be covered by your new membership benefits can be applied towards membership fees and your request to upgrade must be submitted within 7 days of your visit.

If you are a current member and would like to upgrade to a higher membership level, please email  with the details of your request.

*About Daytime Admission

The Zoo is occasionally closed for holidays, private events, or maintenance or refurbishment. The Zoo may be forced to close in the event of inclement weather or any events that cause unsafe conditions for guests or staff.  Visit our Hours & Pricing page for a list of planned closures. If you are visiting with individuals not covered by your member benefits, they will be required to purchase General Admission tickets in advance. Visit our Tickets page for more details and current policies.

**About guests

Some of our members want to be able to bring an additional guest with them on each visit—here's our solution. Leave one of the adults on your membership unnamed and bring a guest with you on every visit. Please note that a separate guest card is not issued and that by leaving an adult unnamed, our staff will know that you have chosen the guest option. A named cardholder must be present for your guest to be able to enter the Zoo at no additional cost. This option is available for Dual, Family & Friends Plus, and Family & Friends Deluxe Memberships only.

Additional guest can be an adult or child.

Do you have a caretaker?

If your nanny, caretaker, or another adult visits the Zoo and their name does not appear on the membership card, the entire party—including children—will be required to pay for admission. We suggest that you name the caretaker as the third person on a Family & Friends Plus or Family & Friends Deluxe Membership. Membership cards are not transferable.

Do you have additional questions about membership benefits and policies?

Please visit our Member FAQ page. It includes the most common questions about policies, digital cards, and renewals.

Did you receive a call from us regarding your Membership renewal and want to confirm it is a legitimate offer? Please contact our Telemarketing Manager, Lloyd Kandasammy, by phone at (877) 936-2344.
If you have questions not answered on our Member FAQ page, please contact our Membership Office by email or by phone at (510) 632-9525 x160.

All Zoo membership sales are final. All sales, including gift memberships, are non-refundable and non-transferable.