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Oakland Zoo Reaches New Heights with Addition of 6th Giraffe

Oakland Zoo
May 9, 2024

The Zoo welcomes the public to participate in naming the 13-month-old giraffe, who is settling into his new home.

Oakland Zoo Receives Esteemed Accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

Oakland zoo
April 8, 2024

The Zoo has been accredited for 36 years, demonstrating its commitment to the highest animal wellbeing, conservation, and education standards.

Confiscated Tiger Cub Brought to Oakland Zoo for Long-Term Rehabilitation and Care

Oakland Zoo
February 22, 2024

Now receiving specialized care at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital, the eight-month-old tiger has a hopeful future. Rescued from a privately owned facility by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, she is suffering from multiple fractures and metabolic bone disease.

Oakland Zoo Provides Care for Seized Marmoset Monkey

Oakland Zoo
February 6, 2024

Oakland Zoo is caring for a female marmoset named Estrela, an illegally owned pet, after being seized by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.

Oakland Zoo Receives Two Orphan Mountain Lion Cubs

Oakland Zoo
November 14, 2023

This morning, two new cub rescues came to Oakland Zoo, becoming the 26th  mountain lion rescue for Oakland Zoo’s Rescue and Recovery Program since 2017.

Oakland Zoo Giraffe Herd Welcomes New Baby - Kendi

Oakland Zoo
October 20, 2023

Oakland Zoo celebrates the first giraffe born at theZoo in 11 years, a “tall (6-foot) task” for first-time mother Kijiji.

Oakland Zoo’s African Elephant, Donna, Moves to New Home at The Elephant Sanctuary

Oakland Zoo
September 15, 2023

Accompanied by an Oakland Zoo veterinarian and primary Animal Care team, and with transport specialists, Donna safely arrived September 13 at the Tennessee sanctuary for elephants.

Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Bundle of Joy, Birth of Baby Gibbon

Oakland Zoo
May 31, 2023

On Sunday at 9 PM, Mei, a white-handed gibbon, became a first-time mother.

Oakland Zoo Mourns Loss of African Elephant, Lisa, Age 46

Oakland Zoo
March 27, 2023

Lisa was humanely euthanized yesterday morning after her care team and Zoo veterinarians made the difficult decision as she suffered increasingly from chronic and degenerative health issues.

Oakland Zoo Celebrates ‘Oaklanders Discount’ First Day Through Measure Y

Oakland Zoo
February 8, 2023

Today marks the official launch of an ‘Oaklanders Discount’ on Zoo admission for all Oakland residents.

Oakland Zoo Announces Extended Closure Due to Major Sinkhole Damage Caused by Rain

Oakland Zoo
January 1, 2023

Closure expected to last minimum of two weeks as repairs are completed to main vehicle entrance of the Zoo

Oakland Zoo Receives Sickly, Orphaned Bear Cub from South Lake Tahoe

Oakland Zoo
November 15, 2022

Extremely ill and suffering from life-threatening health issues, the bear cub is now undergoing rehabilitation efforts at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital

Oakland Zoo Assists in PETA’s Largest Animal Rescue Operation from a Roadside Zoo

Oakland Zoo
October 17, 2022

Zoo rescue staff arrived back in Oakland last night after a 4-day cross country road trip, transporting a dozen reptiles to safety, assisting in PETA’s largest rescue operation to date. 

Oakland Zoo Rescues 140 Black-Crowned Night Herons from Downtown Oakland Streets

Oakland Zoo
September 27, 2022

Nesting season for 2022 has officially concluded with successful efforts by the Zoo’s newly named Heron Rescue Team.

Oakland Zoo Celebrates 19th Annual “Healthy Living Festival” For Alameda County Seniors on September 29th

Oakland Zoo
September 20, 2022

Oakland Zoo is excited to host its 13th year as the event location for the “Healthy Living Festival,” presented by the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, on Thursday, September 29th.

Oakland Zoo and Accredited Big Cat Sanctuaries Coordinate 4,000 Mile Rescue, Bring 4 Big Cats to Safe Havens

Oakland Zoo
June 13, 2022

Four fortunate big cats will now live safe, dignified lives after a cross-country rescue was facilitated on Friday by a three-entity collaboration, including two tigers that will have permanent homes at Oakland Zoo.

Oakland Zoo Bison Return to the Wild for the Second Time

Oakland Zoo
May 26, 2022

Earlier this morning, thirteen bison began their journey to their native land inMontana through the Zoo’s conservation partnership with the Blackfeet Nation

Oakland Zoo Patrols Downtown Oakland Streets to Save Baby Herons During Nesting Season

Oakland Zoo
April 13, 2022

“The Heron Rescue Team” was formed by Oakland Zoo to rescue fledgling black-crowned night herons fallen from trees as the nesting colony returns annually despite the city’s development and growth

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cub Spotted by Hikers in San Mateo Rescued After Five Day Search

Oakland Zoo
April 12, 2022

First spotted last Tuesday by hikers, wildlife biologists and game wardens from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and California Department of Fish and Wildlife set up cameras and patrolled the area daily to rescue the emaciated female cub. Success was reached yesterday when she was found by the team(s) and immediately brought to Oakland Zoo for much-needed medical treatment and rehabilitation.

SHELL-o There! Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Tortoises Rescued from the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oakland Zoo
March 9, 2022

After being taken illegally from the wild, two teenage Aldabra tortoises have found their forever home at Oakland Zoo.

Oakland Zoo Celebrates 100th Anniversary Milestone This Year

Oakland Zoo
January 12, 2022

Founded on June 6, 1922, in a thirty-room former private residence at 19th and Harrison Street in Downtown Oakland, the Zoo has evolved in mission and grown to 100-acres over the past century.

Pelican Hooked and Snared in Fishing Line Rescued and Recovering at Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital

Oakland Zoo
October 28, 2021

The suffering American White pelican was sighted at Oakland’s Lake Merritt several times over the past two weeks. Oakland residents called the Zoo to help catch and treat the bird.

AZA Selects 13 Projects to Receive Conservation Grant Funding With Support From The Disney Conservation Fund

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums
October 27, 2021

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums awards Oakland Zoo's Riparian brush rabbit conservation program for the Conservation Grant Fund (CGF)

Oakland Zoo Celebrates 18th Annual “Healthy Living Festival” For Alameda County Seniors on September 30th

Oakland Zoo
September 24, 2021

Oakland Zoo continues its 12 year long-standing tradition in hosting the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County’s Healthy Living Festival

Oakland Zoo Invites Public to Relinquish Personal Effects Made From Exotic Animals To Help End the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Oakland Zoo
September 13, 2021

With the opening of a new exhibit earlier this year in a campaign against wildlife trafficking, OaklandZoo launches first-ever “End the Trade Day”

Getting A Leg-Up On Extinction: Why Oakland Zoo Rears Frogs

Oakland Zoo
July 28, 2021

After raising them for two years from tadpole stage, today Oakland Zoo is releasing its 18th “army of frogs” into the wild at Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park

Zoetis Donates COVID-19 Vaccines to Help Support the Health of Zoo Animals

Oakland Zoo
July 2, 2021

Oakland Zoo is first zoo to protect tigers, bears and other animals against COVID-19 using the experimental vaccine uniquely formulated for animals

Mountain Lion Roaming San Francisco Bernal Heights Neighborhood Brought To Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
May 20, 2021

Shortly after midnight last night, Oakland Zoo took in a two-year-old male Mountain lion captured in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. This male marks the 16th mountain lion rescue for the Zoo through their Bay Area Cougar ActionTeam (BACAT) alliance

Tsavo Arrives at Oakland Zoo to Join Family Herd of Resident Giraffes

Oakland Zoo
April 22, 2021

Officials at Oakland Zoo and Fresno Chaffee Zoo have announced that Tsavo, a soon to be 4-year-old male reticulated giraffe, has arrived in his new home.

Oakland Zoo Launches ‘Taking Action Against the Illegal Wildlife Trade’ Campaign with New Exhibit

Oakland Zoo
April 2, 2021

Unveiling a new exhibit dedicated to the issue and outcomes caused by the illegal wildlife trade, the Zoo hopes to inspire the public to join the fight against this disastrous, widespread industry.

Oakland Zoo’s New President & CEO, Nik Dehejia, Takes Helm on April 3, 2021

Oakland Zoo
March 25, 2021

Fifteen-year Oakland Zoo veteran, and currently serving as Executive Vice President, Nik Dehejia will officially assume the role of President & CEO of the Conservation Society of California—Oakland Zoo on April 3, 2021.

Oakland Zoo President & CEO, Dr. Joel Parrott, Announces Retirement After 37 Years

Oakland Zoo
January 25, 2021

Taking the helm in 1984 as Oakland Zoo stood on the brink of permanent closure and was deemed ‘one of the ten worst U.S. Zoos’ by the Humane Society, Dr. Parrott’s decades-long leadership, commitment, and vision have made the Oakland Zoo of today a nationally recognized, award-winning, top Bay Area attraction known for excellence in animal welfare, wildlife conservation and rescue.


Oakland Zoo Backs New Initiative Aimed at Ending Zoonotic Disease Threats

Oakland Zoo & AZA
January 14, 2021

The “Reduce the Risk” initiative links human and animal health as key to pandemic prevention

The Humane Society of the United States Recognizes Darren Minier, Oakland Zoo's Assistant Director of Animal Care

The Humane Society of the United States
December 7, 2020

The Humane Society of the United States recognizes Oakland Zoo's Darren Minier, Assistant Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research, for displaying an exemplary stand against animal cruelty.

Wildfire Orphans, Captain Cal & Adopted Sisters, to Depart Soon for New Home at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Oakland Zoo
November 17, 2020

Rescued by Cal Fire firefighters from the devastating Zogg and August Complex fires a few weeks ago, all three mountain lion cubs, including severely burned “Captain Cal,” have made full recoveries at Oakland Zoo’s Vet Hospital and will fly together as a family, accompanied by an Oakland Zoo’s Zoological Manager and a Columbus Zoo veterinarian in the coming weeks to their new home

Oakland Zoo Veterinarians Treating Mountain Lion Cub Burned in Redding’s Zogg Fire

Oakland Zoo
October 1, 2020

Rescued by a firefighter yesterday afternoon, the orphaned and injured cub was rushed to Oakland Zoo last night by California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Oakland Zoo Joins Effort To Rescue Dwindling Wild Rabbit Species

Oakland Zoo
September 8, 2020

Multiple agencies partner to save a sub-species of Brush Rabbit that once roamed throughout Central California but has since dwindled to a few hundred

Oakland Zoo Reopening to Public with Exclusive Preview Days for Donors and Members

July 15, 2020

After being closed since March 17th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland Zoo is reopening on July 29 to the general public, with donor and member special preview days on July 27 and 28.

A Hop In The Right Direction: Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Collaboration Marks The First Ever Release Of Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs

Oakland Zoo
July 2, 2020

Oakland Zoo continues to be a leader in conservation efforts during Zoo closure with history making collaboration of first ever Foothill yellow-legged frogs release into the wild.

Statement of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity

Association of Zoos and Aquariums & Oakland Zoo
June 3, 2020

The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor. And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in privilege, and in prejudice and callous indifference toward black people and black lives. It must end, so good people and organizations must act with much greater urgency and intention.

Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Giraffe, Kijiji, to the Herd

Oakland Zoo
May 7, 2020

A young, female giraffe was brought to Oakland Zoo from Kansas based Lee Richardson Zoo on April 29. The move, prompted by a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to promote genetic diversity in captive giraffe, deemed Kijiji’s genetics an excellent match for Oakland Zoo’s male resident giraffe, Mabusu.

Oakland Zoo Launching New “Behind the Scenes Live” Interactive Platform During Closure

Oakland Zoo
April 1, 2020

New subscription-based platform launches Thursday, April 2, allowing never-before access for the public to engage, while bringing much needed revenue to Oakland Zoo. Subscribers will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions to animal care and veterinary staff in real time in exclusive behind the scenes locations.

Oakland Zoo Closed — Effective Tuesday, March 17

Oakland Zoo
March 16, 2020

In accordance with Alameda County’s order for residents to ‘shelter in place’ for the well-being of public and staff related to COVID-19 precautionary measures, Oakland Zoo will be closed Tuesday, March 17 and remain closed until the order is lifted.

Oakland Zoo Doubles Flamingo Flock with Ten New Feathery Friends

Oakland Zoo
March 12, 2020

Ten new iconic pink birds have joined the vibrant group at Oakland Zoo increasing efforts for their Species Survival Plan.

Oakland Zoo Takes Stand Against Single-Use Plastics with Big Changes in Zoo Operations

Oakland Zoo
February 13, 2020

Oakland Zoo is the first Zoo in California to proactively take on the issue of plastics and its progressing global devastation on wildlife and the environment.

Oakland Zoo Raises $330,182 for Wildlife Conservation in 2019

Oakland Zoo
January 1, 2020

Governed by the Conservation Society of California, Oakland Zoo distributes the sum across 25 conservation partners worldwide.

Last Surviving Mountain Lion Cub from Litter of Three Rehabilitating at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital

Oakland Zoo
December 9, 2019

Two cubs arrived to Oakland Zoo suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration provided by he California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The female unfortunately passed away due to the severity of her condition, but the male is thriving. In the past two years,the CDFW has rescued and brought ten orphaned mountain lion cubs to Oakland Zoo, bringing much-needed attention to the human-wildlife conflict. 

Oakland Zoo Mourns Loss of African Elephant, M’Dunda, Age 50

Oakland Zoo
December 4, 2019

Oakland Zoo animal keepers and staff are mourning this sudden loss of the eldest in Oakland Zoo’s African elephant herd, M’Dunda, age 50, whodied at approximately 2:45PM on Tuesday inside the Zoo’s 6.5 acre elephant habitat.

Fennec Fox Surrendered to Oakland Zoo by Exotic Pet Owner

Oakland Zoo
November 14, 2019

Oakland Zoo is no stranger to accepting rescues and surrenders from the multi-billion dollar exotic pet industry and hopes to bring an understanding around unknowns in the private ownership of wild animals

OH MY GOURD… Leftover Halloween Pumpkins Find New Purpose with ZooAnimals

Oakland Zoo
November 1, 2019

Spooky season festivities continue at the Oakland Zoo with hundreds of leftover  pumpkins donated to the Zoo to serve as treats and enrichment for the animals

Oakland Zoo Honored with National Award for Exhibit Design

Oakland Zoo
September 24, 2019

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that Oakland Zoo has been recognized with AZA's 2019 Exhibit Design Award for its significant achievement in creating the California Trail exhibit.

San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Celebrates 250th Facility Milestone at George Mark Children’s House featuring Amazing Animal Stories from Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
September 3, 2019

A huge celebration took place at George Mark Children’s House Sept. 3, 2019, complete with animals from the Oakland Zoo—including a lesser tenrec, a box turtle and a blue-tongued skink—and flamingo and giraffe puppets from the San Diego Zoo. The special event for patients, their families, hospital staff and invited guests was presented to announce the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids, a closed-circuit television adventure channel, at George Mark Children’s House.

Male American Bison with Unique Genetics Join Oakland Zoo’s Pablo Allard Herd

Oakland Zoo
July 18, 2019

OaklandZoo welcomes two long-awaited American bison bulls with Yellowstone Park genesin an effort to expand the diversity of both captive and free-ranging Americanbison.

UPDATE -- Gray Wolf Pups Thriving; Reach Six Week Milestone at Oakland Zoo!

Oakland Zoo
June 25, 2019

One year ago, Siskiyou and Sequoia arrived at Oakland Zoo as one of eight native California species at the new California Trail. The Zoo hoped Sequoia and Siskiyou would bond and have a litter of pups; creating a pack is important to the emotional health of wolves.The addition of these four pups now constitute that ‘wolf pack’ and will remain at Oakland Zoo with their parents.

Gibbons Are Back in Town! Oakland Zoo Welcomes New White-handed Gibbon “Couple”

Oakland Zoo
June 14, 2019

Following the tragic loss last December of the Zoo’s white-handed gibbon Nikko after 32years, zookeepers and staff are comforted by the arrival of this pair and the hope they will create a larger family of their own soon.

Home Again & Free-Ranging: Oakland Zoo’s American Bison Return to Blackfeet Reservation in Montana

Oakland Zoo
May 28, 2019

Eleven of the American Bison that arrived at Oakland Zoo in April 2018 are now currently in route back to the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. This return of the calves (and mothers) is part of the Bison Restoration Project, i.e., ‘Iinnii Initiative,’ to restore free-roaming bison to Blackfeet land and nearby National Parks.

An Official Wolf Pack: Hopeful Breeding Pair Successfully Delivers Four Pups at Oakland Zoo!

Oakland Zoo
May 16, 2019

One year ago, Siskiyou and Sequoia arrived at Oakland Zoo as one of eight native California species at the new California Trail. The Zoo hoped Sequoia and Siskiyou would bond and have a litter of pups; creating a pack is important to the emotional health of wolves. The addition of these four pups now constitute that ‘wolf pack’ and will remain at Oakland Zoo with their parents

Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Companion for Lonely Tamarin, Electra

Oakland Zoo
May 7, 2019

Oakland Zoo is happy to announce newest member to the Zoo family,Alberto, who provides needed companionship for female cotton-topped tamarin, Electra, after the passing of her former companion, Felix. 

Oakland Zoo Achieves Esteemed AZA Accreditation

Oakland Zoo
April 15, 2019

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the OaklandZoo, governed by the Conservation Society of California, was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent AccreditationCommission.

Oakland Zoo Celebrates 21st Annual Earth Day Event

Oakland Zoo
March 26, 2019

Oakland Zoo’s 21st annual Earth Day festivities include dozens of onsite eco-friendly organizations and a conservation action, ‘Planting for Pollinators’.

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs from Half Moon Bay Receiving Treatment at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
February 20, 2019

California Department Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), rescued two orphaned Mountain lion siblings Monday afternoon in Half Moon Bay. The pair, about four months old, had been reported by local media earlier this week. They are currently receiving care at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital while CDFW finds the pair a forever home.

Ale Industries to Launch Oakland Zoo Brew Benefiting Bay Area Mountain Lions

Oakland Zoo
January 30, 2019

Oakland Zoo and Oakland’s oldest brewery are releasing a new ale, “Bay Cat” with proceeds going to fund efforts around saving Bay Area mountain lions caught in the human-wildlife conflict.

Nikko, Oakland Zoo's Gibbon Recently Moved to Santa Barbara Zoo to Join "Blended Family", Died of Unexpected Causes this Past Sunday

Santa Barbara & Oakland Zoo
December 18, 2018

Nikko the White-handed Gibbon unexpectedly passed away this past Sunday afternoon. After his recent move to Santa Barbara Zoo he was already bonding with their two gibbons as a new family unit. However, Nikko’s health declined suddenly last Thursday, and he passed away on Sunday en route to a specialty clinic in Santa Barbara. Cancer is suspected, but yet to be determined. Our zookeepers and staff are devastated. Nikko was a beloved Oakland Zoo family member, and we mourn his loss with the heaviest of hearts.

New Baby Baboon Kicks Off Third Generation at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
December 4, 2018

Newborn male ‘Mousa’ has quite the extended family, including parents, grandparents, cousins and more – a happy addition to the second largest Hamadryas baboon troop at an AZA-accredited U.S. Zoo.

Oakland Zoo Bids Bittersweet Farewell to Nikko the Gibbon, to Create ‘Blended’ Family at Santa Barbara Zoo

Oakland Zoo
November 20, 2018

White-handed gibbons are very social and monogamous - known to mate for life - and the popular Nikko, aged a mature 35 years, has been mate-less for almost a year. While he will be sorely missed at Oakland Zoo, zookeepers are confident he will be happier socially with his new‘blended gibbon family’ at Santa Barbara Zoo.

All-New Attractions at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights this Holiday Season

Oakland Zoo
November 16, 2018

New additions to Oakland Zoo's holiday ZooLights include twenty-four multi-color, glowing gondolas, snow machines, and Santa’s Workshop in a ‘Winter Wonderland’. And, guests can now enjoy dinner at the hilltop Landing Café with a nighttime view of the entire SF Bay.

Leftover Halloween Pumpkins Repurposed for Oakland Zoo Animals

Oakland Zoo
November 7, 2018

Instead of ending up as waste in a compost or trash bin, hundreds of leftover pumpkins were donated to Oakland Zoo as treats and enrichment for the animals.

Oakland Zoo Raises Record-Breaking $332,000 for Wildlife Conservation

Oakland Zoo
October 30, 2018

Oakland Zoo, governed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC), has raised a record-breaking $332,000 for animals in the wild over the past year, largely due to its ‘Quarters for Conservation’ program.

Two Newly Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs Receiving TLC at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
October 22, 2018

In ten months, a total of five unrelated,orphaned mountain lion cubs have been rescued and brought to Oakland Zoo by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oakland Seniors Commemorating 15 Years of the Healthy Living Festival

Oakland Zoo
September 12, 2018

This year marks a milestone anniversary of the 15th Annual Healthy Living Festival (HLF). Organized by the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, HLF has become the largest free health resource fair for seniors.

Oakland Zoo Unveils Long-Awaited 56-Acre California Trail Expansion

Oakland Zoo
June 20, 2018

Almost three years since breaking ground and more than two decades in the making, Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated California Trail opens to the public on July 12, 2018. The expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s current size from 45 acres to 100 acres.

Trio of Rescued Mountain Lion Cubs Now a Family at Home at Oakland Zoo’s Upcoming California Trail

Oakland Zoo
April 26, 2018

The three (separately found) orphaned mountain lion cubs rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and brought to Oakland Zoo last December are now officially home in their brand-new, expansive habitat—one of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the world—at Oakland Zoo’s upcoming California Trail expansion, open to the public this June.

Fourteen Iconic Bison from ‘Pablo Allard’ Historic Herd Brought to Oakland Zoo’s California Trail by Blackfeet Nation of Montana

Oakland Zoo
April 11, 2018

Cultural leaders, elders and members of the Blackfeet Nation (of the Blackfeet Native American Reservation in Browning, Montana) gathered ceremoniously yesterday in transferring 14 of their newly restored bison herd onto a truck headed to Oakland Zoo as part of the Zoo’s ‘California Trail’ expansion.

Zookeepers Help Acclimate Gray Wolves to New Habitat at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail

Oakland Zoo
April 4, 2018

A pair of gray wolves have settled into their habitat at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail. The two wolves, Sequoia and Siskiyou, arrived in late December; however, due to the nature of wolves being very skittish and shy, zookeepers allowed them to adapt to their new home slowly. In an effort to get the wolves used to people watchers, zookeepers have been conducting “Wolf Acclimation Sessions” for the past month.

New Habitat Completed for Rescued Black Bears at Oakland Zoo’s Upcoming California Trail

Oakland Zoo
January 25, 2018

The first animal arrivals of Oakland Zoo’s upcoming California Trail, a mother Black bear and her three cubs rescued last summer, have been successfully introduced to their newly-built, 1.5-acre habitat at the Zoo’s new California Trail expansion, opening to the public in June 2018.

Oakland Zoo Rebrands to Better Demonstrate Conservation Purpose

Oakland Zoo
January 22, 2018

Oakland Zoo’s governing organization, the East Bay Zoological Society, is now renamed the Conservation Society of California and is 'Taking Action For Wildlife.'

Third Mountain Lion Cub, Found Near-Death, Rescued and Finds Home at Oakland Zoo’s California Trail

Oakland Zoo
January 9, 2018

In just over one month, three separate orphaned mountain lion cubs have been rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and have found sanctuary at Oakland Zoo. The most recent and also youngest, arrived the night of December 23 in severe critical condition, even more so than the first two cubs.

Holiday Gifts and Leftover Christmas Trees for Oakland Zoo Animals

Oakland Zoo
December 29, 2017

The holidays were a hit for the animals at Oakland Zoo this month, with gifts for the animals pouring in from the public (through an Amazon Wishlist put together by zookeepers) and also surplus Christmas trees gifted from local Christmas tree farms as enrichment.

New Lemurs Make their Home at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
December 20, 2017

The ‘king and queen’ have arrived, maybe by name only, but we are happy to welcome our two new Crowned Lemurs to Oakland Zoo!

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs Taken in by Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
December 13, 2017

Two orphaned mountain lion cubs have been taken in by Oakland Zoo in coordination with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Feline Conservation Center, both found in Orange County.

National Bison Day with Oakland Zoo, Blackfeet Nation and Wildlife Conservation Society in Joint Bison Restoration Project

Oakland Zoo
December 1, 2017

Cultural Leaders and Elder of the Blackfeet Nation Reservation speak about the Iinnii Initiative, restoring the American Bison to Blackfeet Nation’s tribal lands and to Oakland Zoo’s California Trail Expansion.

Oakland Zoo Mourns Loss of Beloved Tiki, Likely the Most Well-Known Giraffe in Captivity

Oakland Zoo
November 17, 2017

At 28 years of age, Tiki reached 95 in ‘equivalent giraffe years;’ her impact on researchers’ understanding of giraffe behavior and intelligence, and on both her own zookeepers and those around the world, is tremendous.

Oakland Zoo Acquires Zebras from Safari West

Oakland Zoo
November 1, 2017

Two young male zebras join Oakland Zoo from Safari West, the move took place before the recent North Bay Fires.

Action for Wildlife: Oakland Zoo Raises $126,000 for Conservation Organizations

Oakland Zoo
October 23, 2017

Oakland Zoo has raised over $126,000 for animals in the wild in the past year through ‘Quarters for Conservation,’ an ongoing program where 25¢ of every ticket sold is designated for the Zoo’s conservation partners worldwide. The contribution total is a 20% increase over last year’s efforts.

Oakland Zoo Acquires Three “R.O.U.S.” Rodents of Unusual Size

Oakland Zoo
October 9, 2017

A new species, called Agouti, has arrived at Oakland Zoo and is now on exhibit in the Zoo’s expansive, recently opened rainforest aviary habitat. The new Agouti cohabitate with macaws and currasow (bird species) inside their 219,000 square cubic foot exhibit, as these three species naturally share the same environment in the wild.

New Baby Welcomed by Baboon Troop, Grows to Sixteen at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo
September 27, 2017

Oakland Zoo announces the arrival of a new baby baboon, Kito, a male born the morning of September 2, 2017. This marks the eighth baboon birth in four years, bringing the troop’s total to sixteen and officially one of the largest baboon troops at a U.S. Zoo.

Healthy Living Festival Urges Seniors to Call on Congress

Oakland Zoo
September 21, 2017

Hosted at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Healthy Living Festival is the largest free health resource fair for seniors in the county.

Oakland Zoo & National Parks Service Release Critically Endangered Frogs to Bolster Wild Populations

Oakland Zoo
August 30, 2017

Tadpoles were emergency-airlifted to Oakland Zoo to be raised and released back into their natal lakes as healthy adult frogs in hopes of restoring their dwindling populations in the wild.

Oakland Zoo Expansion Benefits Entire Region

Erin Harrison
July 3, 2017

The launch of the new California Trail, an $80 million expansion project that will double the size of Oakland Zoo, heralds an exciting new commitment by the Oakland Zoo to enrich the lives of people and wildlife in the Bay Area by connecting people with nature through its extensive public engagement, education and wildlife conservation efforts.

Four Black Bears Transferred to Oakland Zoo Under Unique Circumstances

Erin Harrison, Jordan Traverso
June 15, 2017

A female black bear and her three cubs were transferred to Oakland Zoo from the care of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Investigations Lab on Tuesday.

Oakland Zoo Presents 25th Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade

Erin Harrison
June 11, 2017

Oakland Zoo’s 25th Annual ‘Walk in the Wild’ premier event to benefit animals and education takes place on June 24, 2016, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm.

Aerial Gondola and Hilltop Restaurant Opening at Oakland Zoo’s Monumental California Trail Expansion

Erin Harrison
June 10, 2017

Oakland Zoo’s highly anticipated aerial gondola and hilltop restaurant, The Landing Cafe, are opening to the public on June 5, 2017, with special Member Preview days on June 3 and 4.

Oakland Zoo’s “Celebrating Elephants” Evening Gala and Day Event to Benefit Elephants in Africa, Sponsored by The Oakland A’s

Oakland Zoo
May 16, 2017

Oakland Zoo is proud to announce 21 years of taking action for elephants with our annual Celebrating Elephants events on May 20 and 27. Both events are designed to increase awareness about elephants while offering guests rare and fun experiences around elephants that take place only at these events.

Oakland Zoo, Golden Gate Audubon, and International Bird Rescue Team Up to Save Wild Baby Herons in Downtown Oakland

Oakland Zoo
April 18, 2017

For the second consecutive year, Oakland Zoo, the Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) and International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) have teamed up to save fledgling Black-Crowned Night Herons and Snowy Egrets fallen from their nest trees onto the busy streets of Downtown Oakland.

Oakland Zoo Hosts One of the Largest Earth Day Events in the East Bay

Oakland Zoo
April 15, 2017

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay.

Oakland Zoo Unveils New “Progressive Design” Aviary Exhibit

Oakland Zoo
March 22, 2017

Oakland Zoo has unveiled a brand-new aviary exhibit designed to encourage species-specific, natural behaviors in the birds housed within. The exhibit took several months to design and build, with architects and zookeepers consulting extensively with field experts in avian behavior and physiology.

Baby Wallaroo Cared for by Zookeepers After Mother’s Passing

Oakland Zoo
March 15, 2017

A baby wallaroo is being raised by zookeepers at Oakland Zoo after the infant’s mother passed away earlier this month from an infection.

Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series Presents Jackson Hole Film Festival Favorites

Oakland Zoo
March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series welcomes the public to attend a special screening of six short films focused on critical conservation issues facing sun bears, red wolves, mangroves and more.

Oakland Zoo’s New Aerial Gondola System Takes Shape

CBS SF Bay Area
February 24, 2017

The Oakland Zoo is doubling its size with a huge $80 million expansion project that will include an impressive gondola system.

California Trail Exhibit Taking Shape at Oakland Zoo

San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2017

On the ridge of Knowland Park overlooking five counties and the sparkling waters of the bay, the Oakland Zoo’s expensive and contentious expansion is beginning to take shape.